Russia’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant Sets Sail

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In the “What Could Go Wrong?” category is the 474-foot-long Akademik Lomonosov, a floating nuclear power plant with the capacity to produce 70 megawatts of electricity. The block-shaped ship was deemed fully functional last week and set sail for the Arctic—a 3,100-mile journey.

Despite the obvious safety concerns (the Chernobyl disaster is still fresh in the minds of many who remember it), state-controlled nuclear company Rosatom says the vessel is a safe way of providing electricity to the most remote areas of Russia.

Greenpeace, on the other hand, calls it the “Nuclear Titanic.”

You can learn more about the floating nuclear plant by reading Soundings’ coverage of the hull’s launch, and also by clicking here to see gCaptain’s coverage.