ROSATOM'S FIRST-OF-A-KIND FLOATING POWER UNIT CONNECTS TO ISOLATED ELECTRICITY GRID IN PEVEK, RUSSIA'S FAR EAST
December 19, 2019, Pevek, Russia - The floating power unit (FPU) Akademik Lomonosov has been connected to the grid, generating electricity for the first time in the isolated Chaun-Bilibino network in Pevek, Chukotka, Russia's Far East. This happened after the Russian regulator, Rostekhnadzor, issued an operations permit, as well as permission to connect to the northern electricity grid maintained by Chukotenergo JSC.
Pevek residents marked this symbolic day by turning on the fairy lights on the town's Christmas tree.
Rosatom's CEO Alexey Likhachev said:
"After its connection to the grid, Akademik Lomonosov becomes the world's first nuclear power plant based on SMR-class technology to generate electricity. This is a remarkable milestone for both the Russian and the world's nuclear energy industry. This is also a major step in establishing Pevek as the new energy capital of the region."
The project has been welcomed by scientists, nuclear energy experts, and environmentalists across the world.
Kirsty Gogan, Head of Energy for Humanity, an NGO (London), said:
"For hard-to-reach regions, with a climate that is simultaneously too harsh to support the use of renewable energies and too fragile to continue its heavy dependence on fossil fuels, small nuclear, including floating plants, is the only answer. Akademik Lomonosov is the first step towards demonstrating its potential for decarbonisation of the Arctic and beyond.
Connecting the FPU generators to the network was carried out after parameter synchronisation with the coastal network. This happened after the completed construction of the onshore facilities, ensuring the transfer of electricity from the FPUs to Chukotka's high voltage networks. A vast amount of work was also carried out on constructing the heat supply networks. Connecting the FNPP to Pevek's heat networks will be completed in 2020.
Akademik Lomonosov is a pilot project and a 'working prototype' for a future fleet of floating nuclear power plants and on-shore installations based on Russian-made SMRs. The small power units will be available for deployment to hard-to-reach areas of Russia's North and Far-East, as well as for export.
ROSATOM'S FIRST-OF-A-KIND POWER UNIT DOCKS AHEAD OF COMMISSION IN CHUKOTKA
September 14, 2019, Pevek, Russia - The floating power unit Akademik Lomonosov has arrived at the port of its permanent location in Pevek, Chukotka, in Russia's Far East, where it is being docked to start operations by the end of this year. Once commissioned, it will become the world's first operational nuclear power plant based on small modular reactors (SMRs) technology; and a 'working prototype' for reliable source of low-carbon energy supply in remote areas.
Rosatom’s CEO Alexey Likhachev said: "It’s maybe one small step for sustainable development in the Arctic, but it’s a giant leap for the decarbonisation of remote off-grid areas, and a watershed in the development of small modular nuclear power plants in the world. The project has been welcomed by scientists, nuclear energy experts and environmentalists across the world".
Agneta Rising, Director General of the World Nuclear Association, said: "To meet the nuclear industry’s Harmony goal of supplying at least 25% of the world’s electricity by 2050 we will need to bring the benefits of nuclear energy to more people in a wider range of locations. The Akademik Lomonosov is the first of a new class of small, mobile and versatile nuclear power plant that will supply clean and reliable electricity, heat and water, helping to meet the UN’s sustainable development goals".
Akademik Lomonosov is a pilot project and a ‘working prototype’ for a future fleet of floating nuclear power plants and on-shore installations based on Russian-made small modular reactors. The small power units will be available for deployment to hard-to-reach areas of the Russia’s north and Far-East, as well as for export.
The total cost of the Pevek installation will not be disclosed until the project is complete but Rosatom’s spokesman said the technology is strongly competitive: “Once we begin to manufacture small reactors in series, SMR-based plants for remote areas have a good chance to produce electricity cheaper than diesel, saving money and preventing harmful emissions".
FIRST-OF-A-KIND FLOATING NUCLEAR POWER UNIT AKADEMIK LOMONOSOV LEAVES MURMANSK FOR PEVEK
August 23, 2019, Murmansk, Russia – The world’s only floating power unit (FPU) Akademik Lomonosov set sail for its final destination of Pevek, Chukotka, in Russia's Far East, where it will provide a stable supply of clean energy.
Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev gave the signal for the Akademik Lomonosov to set sail and said, "This is a momentous occasion for our company and for the Chukotka region. Today the Akademik Lomonosov begins its journey to Pevek, where it will guarantee clean and reliable energy supplies to people and businesses across the region. This amounts to a significant contribution to creating an Arctic future that is both sustainable and prosperous."
During the ceremony, the operating company Rosenergoatom was awarded a Russian Book of Records certificate confirming Akademik Lomonosov’s status as the world's northernmost nuclear installation. Upon completing the 4,700 km journey to Pevek, the floating nuclear power unit will become a central part of the region's power supply. There, it will operate as part of a floating nuclear power plant, replacing the outgoing capacities of the Bilibino NPP and the Chaunskaya CHPP.
The FNPP project is one of the most promising branches of small nuclear power reactors on the market today. It is especially suited to very remote areas and island states that require stable, green sources of energy. So far, significant interest in Rosatom’s FNPP technology has come from the Middle East, North Africa, and South-East Asia. Rosatom is currently working on second-generation FPUs, i.e. Optimized Floating Power Units (OFPUs), which will be built in a series and be available for export.
FLOATING NUCLEAR POWER PLANT AKADEMIK LOMONOSOV HAS RECEIVED AN OPERATING LICENSE
June 28th, 2019, Murmansk, Russia - Rosenergoatom JSC (part of the Power Division of ROSATOM) has obtained a license to operate nuclear installation of the floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) The Akademik Lomonosov for 10 years, until 2029. The license was issued by the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor).
General Director of Rosenergoatom Concern JSC Andey Petrov noted: “Getting the FNPP operating license is a result of the complex longstanding work to develop a unique nuclear facility. This will allow to start transporting FNPP to the seaport of Pevek late this August followed by tests and commissioning of the floating nuclear co-generation plant late 2019.”
The builder (Baltijskiy Zavod JSC) is expected to hand over FNPP to the customer (Rosenergoatom Concern JSC) before the end of June. In Pevek, before the end of this year, it is planned to complete FNPP on-shore and hydraulic structures as well as infrastructure which will provide for transmission of electricity to the power grids of Chukotenergo and heat to the heat supply lines of the city.
It is expected that FNPP will release first kilowatt-hours of electricity in December 2019. In future, FNPP should replace generating capacities of Chaun-Bilibino Energy Hub – Chaun TPP in Pevek and Bilibino NPP in the city of Bilibino. FNPP placed in Pevek will create conditions for expedite socioeconomic development of Chaun Municipality and Chukotka as a whole. Besides, FNPP will become one of key infrastructure elements under the program of development of the Northern Sea Route.
WORLD'S ONLY FLOATING NUCLEAR POWER UNIT TO BEGIN COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS IN RUSSIA
April 24th, 2019, Murmansk, Russia - After a series of successful and comprehensive tests, including on its twin KLT-40 reactor system, the unique floating nuclear power unit (FPU) “Akademik Lomonosov” is ready to start commercial operations.
The FPU’s reactors, No.1 and No.2, were successfully brought up to 100% capacity on the March 31. These tests confirmed the operational stability of the main and auxiliary equipment of the FPU, as well as the automatic process control systems.
The Director General of Rosenergoatom (Rosatom’s energy division), Andrei Petrov, explained that based on the results of these tests acceptance certificate for the FPU would now be issued by authorities with a view of operating license to be granted in July.
At the same time, onshore and hydraulic structures for the floating nuclear power plant (FNPP), as well as infrastructure ensuring the transmission of electricity to the local grid and heating for the city’s network, are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year in Pevek (Chukotka, Russia). Current engineering work is running to plan.
The FPU is scheduled to be towed to the Port of Pevek during the 2019 summer shipping where it will operate as part of a floating nuclear power plant, replacing the outgoing capacities of the Bilibino NPP and the Chaunskaya CHPP. It is expected to be connected to the power grid in December 2019.
ROSATOM REPORTS POWER START-UP OF THE WORLD'S ONLY FLOATING NUCLEAR POWER UNIT
6th December 2018, Murmansk, Russia - Reactor unit No.1 of the world’s only floating power unit (FPU), Akademik Lomonosov, was turned on at 10% of its capacity. The FPU is now moored at the Atomflot site (a ROSATOM company) in Murmansk. Technicians completed all necessary preparatory operations and performed all required assessments before the procedure.
Rosatom CEO Alexey Likhachev said: “We successfully conduct FPU tests, in accordance with the schedule. There is no doubt that by next autumn we will tow Akademik Lomonosov to Pevek, just as planned. The floating nuclear power plant is an ideal solution to power remote areas. We consider this project as a new product, which is of interest not only for the grid-isolated Russian Arctic regions but also for a number of countries around the world. Thus, today we are demonstrating to potential partners reference technologies in the field of small nuclear power reactors. I am convinced that the growing demand for this product will cement Russia’s leading position in the world’s nuclear technology market“.
Power start-up’ is a series of functionality and safety tests conducted on Akademik Lomonosov’s reactor, that are to be completed before connection to the grid. The first stage is implemented at 1-10% of the reactor’s capacity and the final stage at 110%. During each stage, various operation modes are tested in order to ensure the FPU’s safety.
All comprehensive tests and preparatory procedures are expected to be completed at the unique FPU Akademik Lomonosov by March 2019. The FPU will be towed to the port of Pevek (Russia’s northernmost town) in the third quarter of 2019. There, it will operate as part of a floating nuclear power plant, replacing the outgoing capacities of the Bilibino NPP and the Chaunskaya CHPP.
The ‘power start-up’ is a significant milestone in ROSATOM’s work on second-generation FPUs, i.e. Optimized Floating Power Units (OFPUs), which will be built in a series and be available for export. Rosatom’s strategy, envisages supplying latest generation floating nuclear power plants to the most promising SMR markets across the globe. So far, significant interest in Rosatom’s FNPP technology has come from the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia.
Akademik Lomonosov is the pilot project in a series of transportable small modular power units that are being produced for Rosenergoatom, ROSATOM’s subsidiary in charge of operating Russia’s nuclear power plants.
THE AKADEMIK LOMONOSOV COMPLETED CHARGING ITS NUCLEAR REACTORS WITH FUEL
2d October 2018, Murmansk, Russia - The Baltijskiy Zavod specialists completed loading nuclear fuel into the second of two reactors – the portside reactor – of the world-only floating nuclear power plant ‘Akademik Lomonosov’, which is based on the site of FSUE Atomflot (a ROSATOM’s subsidiary) in Murmansk. Thus, the second stage of preparing the FNPP to the first criticality has been completed.
Head of the Directorate for building and operation of the floating nuclear co-generation power plant Vitaly Trutnev noted: “We plan to complete all final process operations at the facility before the end of this year. By now, specialists have completed one of the major tasks, i.e. the loading of nuclear fuel in reactors No.1 and No.2 of the plant. The next key stage will be their first criticality in October – November this year after the corresponding permit is received from Rostechnadzor. Then, the integrated birth trials will follow, which are necessary before the reactor is brought to design capacity.”
In 2019, FNPP will be towed to the seaport of the city of Pevek (Chukotka Autonomous District). At the present time, necessary construction of coastal infrastructure, hydraulic structures and on-shore site is being carried out. These facilities are called for to ensure safe riding and receipt of the energy bridge from it in the place of electric connections and energy release to the shore. It is planned to start operating FNPP in Pevek to replace phasing out capacities of Bilibino NPP and Chaunskaya Co-Gen Plant and become the baseline power generation facility in Chukotka.
FLOATING NUCLEAR POWER UNIT AKADEMIK LOMONOSOV HAS ARRIVED IN MURMANSK TO BE LOADED WITH FUEL
19th May 2018, Murmansk, Russia – Akademik Lomonosov, the nuclear floating power unit (FPU), has been moored in Murmansk where it was towed from Saint Petersburg to be loaded with fuel.
Once loaded with fuel Lomonosov will be towed to the town of Pevek in Chukotka (Russian Far East) where, upon connection to the grid, it will become the world’s so far only operational floating nuclear power plant and the northernmost nuclear installation in the world. It will replace a coal-fired power plant and an aging nuclear power plant Bilibino supplying over 50,000 people with electricity and reducing carbon footprint in the Arctic by tens of thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
En route to Murmansk Lomonosov sailed over 4,000 km and travelled four seas: Baltic, Northern, Norwegian and Barents. In the waters off Norway’s west coast Lomonosov was visited by Norwegian media and environmentalists.
A welcome ceremony took place at the pier of Atomflot (Atomfleet, Rosatom’s maritime subsidiary). The ceremony was attended by Director General of ROSATOM Alexey Likhachev, Chukotka region governor Roman Kopin, Murmansk region deputy governor Eugene Nikora, Deputy Director General of ROSATOM Aleхander Lokshin, Rosenergoatom Director General Andrey Petrov and Atomflot Director General Vyacheslav Ruksha.
Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev commented: “We have successfully towed the power unit, not yet loaded with nuclear fuel, to Murmansk and are going to fully launch here this unique project, which was only made possible thanks to cooperation of many companies. Akademic Lomonosov is an unparalleled piece of engineering by Russian scientists. It is a first-of-a-kind, reference project for mobile medium capacity range nuclear power units, a product we expect to be in growing demand in the coming years. For instance, we see great interest from all island nations where it is difficult, for various reasons, to set up a developed centralised power transmission infrastructure.
Despite criticism by anti-nuclear groups, the floating nuclear power plant project has been welcomed by many environmentalists and green groups as the only feasible way to reduce the Arctic’s dependency on coal causing millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions and toxic pollution destroying the region’s fragile ecosystems.
Ben Heard, the Executive Director of Bright New World Organization said: “It’s fair to point out that the Arctic is a vulnerable ecosystem. But it’s greatest vulnerability is to climate change. This power plant is going to replace an existing coal-fired power station and provide zero-carbon electricity generation for 50,000 people. There is literally no prospect of that energy coming from renewable sources in that location. Any organisation citing ‘protection of the Arctic’ to make blunt objections to this or any other nuclear project has the risks back-to-front and upside-down.
“The power plant has approval from the IAEA. There is decades of operational experience for reactors in ship-board conditions. With up-scaled production, the potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions with this application is staggering. Remote communities world-wide need affordable, reliable non-carbon energy and this is a way of getting it to them.
Nuclear fuel will be loaded into Akademik Lomonosov’s reactors in Murmansk in the coming months. In 2019 nuclear FPU Akademik Lomonosov is expected be towed to the sea port of Pevek. Average towing speed is estimated at 3.5-4.5 knots. All necessary construction work s to create on-shore infrastructure are underway in Pevek. The pier, hydraulic engineering structures, and other buildings, crucial for the mooring of FPU and operation of a FNPP will be ready to use upon Akademik Lomonosov arrival.
THE WORLD'S ONLY FLOATING NUCLEAR POWER UNIT AKADEMIK LOMONOSOV TAKES THE SEA
28th April, 2018, Murmansk, Russia - The world's only floating nuclear power unit (FPU) ‘Academik Lomonosov’ has left the territory of Baltiyskiy Zavod in St. Petersburg, where its construction had been carried out since 2009, and headed to its base in Chukotka.
According to the Deputy Head of the Directorate for the Floating NPP Construction and Operation Dmitriy Alekseenko, the FPU towing to Pevek (ChAO) was planned in two stages: from St. Petersburg to Murmansk, and then from Murmansk to Pevek. ‘At the first stage, the FPU with no nuclear fuel on board will be towed from the territory of Baltiyskiy Zavod to the landing of Atomflot FSUE in Murmansk. Then, at the second stage (roughly in the summer of 2019) it will be sent from Murmansk to the seaport of Pevek, loaded with nuclear fuel and with the crew on board’, D. Alekseyenko said.
According to Vitaliy Trutnev, the Head of the Directorate for the Floating NPP Construction and Operation, in recent months the intensity of the work at the facility had significantly increased, which allowed Rosenergoatom Concern (the facility requestor) to be sure that the floating power unit was ready in time. ‘To date, a part of the work provided for by the contract with Baltiyskiy Zavod Shipbuilding has been successfully completed. At the next stage, which will be carried out on the territory of Atomflot FSUE in Murmansk, we have to solve the following important task – to prepare the facility for taking nuclear fuel on board’, V. Trutnev noted.
According to the agreement with Rosenergoatom, the entire range of towing and shunting services related to the floating power unit haul along the St. Petersburg-Murmansk-Pevek route will be provided by the Marine Rescue Service of Rosmorrechflot (the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport of Russia). According to the specialists’ calculations, the average speed of the towing caravan along the planned route under favorable conditions, and in the absence of any delays along the route will be approximately 3.5-4.5 knots.
All necessary construction works to create on-shore infrastructure are underway in Pevek. The pier, hydraulic engineering structures, and other buildings, crucial for the mooring of FPU and operation of a FNPP will be ready to use upon ‘Akademik Lomonosov’ arrival.
After ‘Akademik Lomonosov’ is towed to Murmansk, to the Rosatomtomflot site, there will be a solemn ceremony held with the participation of the media and the public.
The nuclear fuel will be loaded into the reactor and it will be physically started-up in Murmansk this autumn. And at the same time the ready-for-operation FPU will be delivered along the Northern Sea Route to the work site, unloaded at the mooring berth, and connected to the coastal infrastructure in Pevek. After putting the FNPP into operation, which is planned for 2019, it will replace the Bilibino nuclear power plant and Chaunskaya TPP that are technologically outdated, and will become the most northerly nuclear power plant in the world.