Yakutia says experience in establishing SNPP may be extended to the whole of the Arctic
Aleksey Yeremeyev, chairman of the region's state assembly, noted that diesel fuel is mostly used in the north.8 April 2023
The small nuclear power plant (SNPP) project in the Ust-Yansk district of Yakutia could be extended to the whole of the Arctic in the future. This was reported by TASS, citing Aleksey Yeremeyev, Chairman of the State Assembly (Il Tumen) of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
'We have the entire North on diesel. Therefore, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) has entered a project with Rosatom, which assumes that we will supply electricity to two large villages in Ust-Yansk district, its district centre Deputatsky and Ust-Kuiga. <...> If this experience with us succeeds, then this is basically a pilot project, <...> in the future, we want to supply this small nuclear power [plant] throughout the Arctic, not only in Yakutia but throughout the North,' Yeremeyev said during the meeting in the parliament.
In 2022, during the Eastern Economic Forum, an agreement was signed on cooperation in the development of a mineral resource centre in the Arctic part of Yakutia. The agreement provides for the development in Yakutia of a comprehensive plan to establish a mineral resource centre using electricity from the capacity of a small nuclear power plant (SNPP) based on two RITM-200H reactor units.
SNPP is to provide electricity for the development of the Kyuchus gold deposit, the deposits of the Kular gold-bearing area, the Ruchey Tirekhtyakh tin deposit and the Deputatskoye tin ore deposit, as well as the development of other deposits of the mining cluster in Northern Yakutia.