Arctic radiation pollution fears as the & # 39; floating nuclear power plant of Russia & # 39; arrives in his permanent home
- The Akademik Lomonosov traveled from Murmansk to the Arctic of Pevek
- 472ft ship transported two 35-megawatt nuclear reactors nearly 3000 miles
- The Russian nuclear company Rosatom says it will produce green energy
- Activists fear that an explosion can destroy the pristine Arctic and be vulnerable to storms
& # 39; The world's first floating nuclear reactor named & # 39; Chernobyl on ice & # 39; has arrived at its permanent location in the Arctic after a dangerous sea voyage of nearly 3000 miles.
The power plant made in Russia starts supplying power to the northernmost settlement in Asia by December.
The 472ft ship, called the Akademik Lomonosov, carries two 35-megawatt nuclear reactors and has been under construction since 2006.
The Akademik Lomonosov, a 472ft ship with two 35-megawatt nuclear reactors, is shown here and leaves 17 days ago from Murmansk, Russia. It landed today in Pevek in the Far East of Chukotka in Russia
It completed a huge 17-day trip today from Murmansk to Pevek in the Russian Far East of Chukotka, but critics have it the & # 39; nuclear Titanic & # 39; called.
The Akademik Lomonosov was pulled by tugboats and accompanied by ice breakers on the Northern Sea Route over the summit of Siberia.
It went through the Barents, Kara and Laptev seas.
The Siberian Times showed a calm sea when the power station arrived.
A Russian National Guard ashore prepared preparations to protect the floating nuclear power plant that is said to be able to withstand tsunamis.
The Lomonosov can be seen here arriving in calm waters near Pevek where it will moor to supply power to the region and to oil platforms in the Chukotka region
The ship is currently moored in the white, blue and red colors of the Russian flag on the remote port of fewer than 5,000 people.
The Akademik Lomonosov – under the supervision of the Russian state-nuclear company Rosatom – will supply power to Pevek and oil platforms in the distant Chukotka area that almost touches Alaska.
Greenpeace has led opposition to the use of the brand & # 39; too risky and costly way to obtain energy & # 39 ;.
It replaces a crumbling coal-fired power plant.
Critics have said the power plant as a & # 39; nuclear titanic & # 39; and is afraid of another nuclear disaster similar to recent deaths in Nyonoska. They fear that the Lomonosov & # 39; may be extra vulnerable to storms & # 39 ;. Greenpeace protested against the use of the reactor vessel and said the untouched Arctic could have been infected by an explosion
Spokesperson Rashid Alimov warned: & # 39; Every nuclear power plant produces radioactive waste and can have an accident, but Akademik Lomonosov is also vulnerable to storms. & # 39;
A fear is that the unspoiled Arctic can be enormously contaminated by a Chernobyl-type explosion and radiation leak.
Rosatom says the new power station will provide clean, green and stable energy in harsh and remote conditions.
Rosavel's deputy general manager, Pavel Ipatov, can be seen here while taking a selfie for the Akademik Lomonosov before he leaves for Pevek. Rosatom says the new power plant will offer & # 39; clean, green and stable energy in harsh and remote conditions & # 39;
A spokeswoman said: “The Akomonik Lomonosov is built to the highest standards of resilience and is able to safely withstand a full spectrum of negative scenarios, including man-made and natural disasters.
& # 39; Nuclear ice breakers have been a feature of the Arctic for years and the high safety level of the Akademik Lomonosov is one of the features that makes it so well suited to this environment.
& # 39; There are real people and real companies in the Arctic that will benefit from the power it provides. & # 39;
The bet follows a horrific accident in the subarctic White Sea when five died during a blast and radiation on August 8 during a & # 39; doomsday weapon test & # 39 ;.
Five nuclear specialists died after a mysterious explosion on a rocket range in the Russian White Sea ocean zone in the village of Nyonoksa on August 8 and the radiation peaked 16 times higher than normal in a nearby town. Activists fear that the Lomonosov is another disaster in Chernobyl-like state
Russia was later accused of covering a major nuclear accident.
The Akademik Lomonosov must provide heat and electricity for 12 years before being towed to the base of Rosatomflot in Murmansk, or to a shipyard such as Severodvinsk, near the site of the gun horror.
Used fuel can be unloaded here and other maintenance carried out.
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