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Refuelling is underway at the world's only floating NPP (FNPP), the Akademik Lomonosov, moored at the city of Pevek, in Russia’s Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. The supply of fuel was transported along the Northern Sea Route. The FNPP includes two KLT-40S reactor units. In such reactors, nuclear fuel is not replaced in the same way as in standard NPPs – partial replacement of fuel once every 12-18 months. Instead, once every few years the entire reactor core is replaced with a full load of fresh fuel. The FNPP is operated by PATEC, a special branch of Rosatom’s nuclear utility, Rosenergoatom.

Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2023
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Fresh nuclear fuel has been loaded into the starboard side reactor on the Akademik Lomonosov in the first operation of its kind, with the process due to be completed by the end of the year, Rosatom says.

Date: Saturday, 25 November 2023
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Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL has supplied nuclear fuel for reactor 1 of the world's only floating NPP (FNPP), the Akademik Lomonosov, moored at the city of Pevek, in Russia’s Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. The supply of fuel was transported along the Northern Sea Route. The first ever refuelling of the FNPP is planned to begin before the end of the year. The delivery and loading of nuclear fuel to the second reactor is planned for 2024. The manufacturer of nuclear fuel for all Russian nuclear icebreakers, as well as the Akademik Lomonosov, is the Mashinostroitelny Zavod (MSZ - part of TVEL) in Elektrostal, Moscow Region.

Date: Wednesday, 18 October 2023
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Nuclear fuel has been delivered to Russia's floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov with the landmark refuelling set to begin before the end of the year.

Date: Saturday, 14 October 2023
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State nuclear power company Rosatom has signed an agreement with TSS Group to create a joint venture for the construction of a series of floating power units "with a capacity of at least 100 MWe and an assigned service life of up to 60 years for foreign markets and the subsequent sale of electricity from the floating power unit in the countries of presence".

Date: Saturday, 17 June 2023
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Rosatom has completed development of nuclear fuel for the RITM-200S reactor facility designed for the Modernised Floating Power Units (MPEP) project. These installations will supply power to the Baimsky Mining and Processing Plant in Chukotka.

Date: Friday, 23 December 2022
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Talks have begun on possible location for first unit in Southeast Asian nation The ThorCon nuclear plant is encapsulated in a hull, towed to a shallow water site and ballasted to the seabed. Courtesy ThorCon. France-based testing, inspection and certification company Bureau Veritas and US nuclear power technology developer ThorCon have signed an agreement for the development of a “mass produced” 500 MW molten salt nuclear power barge for operations in Indonesia.

ThorCon said it has already begun discussions with the Indonesian province of Bangka-Belitung, an island state to the north of the capital Jakarta, the state electricity company PLN and the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency Bapeten regarding potential sites for the demonstration and the final installation of a plant.

The companies said in a joint statement that the project would begin with technology qualification of the plant, both for the nuclear reactor itself and for its encapsulation and integration with the hull systems. This would include enclosed safe compartmentalisation allowing the replacement of depleted fuel.

The concept developed by Washington state-based ThorCon is a molten salt fission reactor. Unlike current nuclear reactors, the ThorCon reactor operates at low pressure and uses liquid fuel.

Date: Thursday, 15 December 2022
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The first heat from the floating NPP (FNPP), Akademik Lomonosov, has recently been supplied to residential buildings in the second Geologist microdistrict in Pevek (Chukotka Autonomous Okrug), Russian nuclear utility Rosenergoatom has said. To date, the FNPP supplies Pevek with heat for almost three quarters of the entire housing stock. After a staged complex of commissioning of technological equipment, together with newly connected consumers, the plant will provide heat for the entire city.

Date: Wednesday, 27 July 2022
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Moscow preparing to build three plants at the Baimskaya facility in Siberia A computer-generated image of a planned floating nuclear power plant using 55-MW RITM-200M reactors. Courtesy Rosatom. Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and GDK Baimskaya, a subsidiary of Kazakhstan’s Kaz Minerals Group, have signed a power supply agreement for a mining project that includes the planned use of floating nuclear power plants.

The long-term agreement is for the sale of electricity between Rosatom and the Baimskaya minerals deposit in Chukotka, in the country’s far east. A Rosatom spokesman said the agreement is “the most important event in the framework of a large-scale programme for the development of the Russian Arctic”.

Rosatom said it plans to use three floating nuclear power plants, each employing a pair of the new 55-MW RITM-200M reactors, a version of which is in service powering Russia’s icebreakers. A fourth unit would be held in reserve for use during repair or refuelling.

According to Rosatom, the first reactors are already under construction by Atomenergomash.

Date: Thursday, 29 July 2021
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