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Imagine a massive nuclear power plant. Now picture that massive power plant floating out at sea. And then you have the Akademik Lomonosov.
The Akademik Lomonosov is precisely that, a floating nuclear power plant, run by the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation, or Rosatom, as it is more easily abbreviated.
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The Akademik Lomonosov is not the first of its kind to start work offshore. Back in the 1960s, the US converted WWII war ship, originally the Liberty ship, was converted into a nuclear power plant, renamed the Sturgis.
The Sturgis ended its working days in 1976.
Today, the Akademik Lomonosov has quite some power behind it.
Equipped with two KLT-40S reactor units, each able to generate 35 megawatt of power, it has some power behind it. With this power wattage it could essentially provide enough electricity to power a town of up to 100,000 people.
This is especially useful for a massive country such as Russia, with some extremely off-the-beaten-track towns in the North and Far East, as well as offshore oil and gas platforms owned by the country.
With this nuclear power plant, these far-to-reach spots could finally have electricity.
Rosatom's subsidiary stated in a press release: "Rosenergoatom (Rosatom's electric power division) has been authorized to use the nuclear facility of floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov for 10 years, until 2029."
Allegedly, the floating power plant's life span is up to 40 years, which could be prolonged to 50 years. 10 years hardly seems a stretch at this stage.