Floating nuclear plant to be located at Pevek Port in Chukotka

LLC Baltiysky Zavod Shipbuilding, a St. Petersburg division of United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), will complete construction of the Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) in 2019 and it might then be relocated to Chukotka, the chief executive of state nuclear power company Rosenergoatom, Yevgeny Romanov said at a round table in Murmansk on Wednesday.

LLC Baltiysky Zavod Shipbuilding, a St. Petersburg division of United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), will complete construction of the Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) in 2019 and it might then be relocated to Chukotka, the chief executive of state nuclear power company Rosenergoatom, Yevgeny Romanov said at a round table in Murmansk on Wednesday.

"Construction has resumed, we have reached all agreements with USC. A schedule of compensating measures has already been approved to meet the deadlines that we had for the FNPP," Romanov said.

He said the pace of construction is adequate and the company has no doubts that the plant will be ready on schedule in 2019.

He said the issue of the FNPP's location and link to a specific shore is becoming pressing. "The Defense Ministry has decided that it will not be located in Vilyuchinsk. The main hypothesis at the moment is that it needs to be located in Chukotka, in Pevek," Romanov said.

He said Rosenergoatom is holding negotiations with Chukotka Governor Roman Kopin on the construction of onshore infrastructure for the FNPP.

Baltiysky Zavod Shipbuilding signed a contract with Rosenergoatom on December 10, 2012 to complete construction of the Akademik Lomonosov FNPP at a cost of 7.631 billion rubles. The shipbuilder is supposed to deliver the floating generating unit, ready for towing to where it will be operated, on September 9, 2016.

Construction of the FNPP was suspended due to the bankruptcy of former general contractor Baltiysky Zavod. Approval of the contract with USC was repeatedly postponed by disagreements over the price.

Baltiysky Zavod began building the plant in 2008, but then went bankrupt in 2011 and was taken over by USC at the end of 2011. USC set up the new company LLC Baltiysky Zavod Shipbuilding.

FNPP are intended to provide power and heat to isolated consumers in remote areas that do not have centralized power supply. In Russia, these are large population centers and ports in the Arctic and the coast of the Far East, mineral deposits and military bases.

These will be the world's first floating NPP and the first civilian project to build low-power nuclear power plants. Possible locations for the FNPP previously mentioned included Vilyuchinsk on Kamchatka Peninsula and Chukotka.

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