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4 years 8 months ago #4783 by Simomax
Russia’s floating nuclear power plant reaches Arctic port it was built for

After a 5,000-km sea ride, Russia’s pioneering floating nuclear power plant has reached its final destination on the Arctic coast and will soon deliver megawatts and gigajoules of energy to consumers on land.

https://www.rt.com/russia/468845-floating-nuclear-plant-docks/

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4 years 8 months ago #4784 by Bert490
Population of that port (Pevek) in 2015 was estimated to be only 4,721. The 35 MW plant is able to power a city of 100,000. Seems like they have big development plans there, maybe related to the Northern sea route? Maybe re-open the Uranium mines?
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4 years 8 months ago #4785 by Simomax
That's interesting Bert490. Seems a mighty big power supply for not so many people. Searching a little I found this article that states it will supply up to 50,000 people but the wiki states <5,000? Those numbers don't add up. The article states it is to replace a coal fired power station and an old nuclear power station that is to be decommissioned. It's possible it will be used to power other locations via the grid I suppose...
https://gcaptain.com/russias-new-floating-nuclear-power-plant-sets-sail-for-the-arctic/

Then in further reading I found this article: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/20564/heres-what-we-know-about-russias-new-floating-nuclear-power-plant-heading-to-the-arctic

For the Russian government specifically, the ships will significantly allow it to significantly expand its activities in the Far North and Arctic regions...
...Typical portable generators using fossil fuels might be enough to sustain basic life support in these locations, but could require a significant and regular logistical pipeline and wouldn’t necessarily be able to run power-hungry sensor or weapon systems.

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