Russia's first floating nuclear power plant sails across the Arctic[/rtl]
[rtl]Date of edit:: 2019/8/24 8:21 • 56 times read[/rtl]
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's first floating nuclear power plant sailed from the Arctic port of Murmansk to provide electricity to one of the country's remote areas, raising fears from conservationists.
The station, known as "Akademik Lomonosov" and developed by state-owned nuclear company Ross Atom, set off on a 5,000-kilometer journey across the Arctic waters to the Chukotka region in the Bering Strait on the other side of Alaska.
The nuclear-powered plant will replace a coal-fired power plant and an aging nuclear power plant that will supply electricity to more than 50,000 people in the town of Pevik.
Ros Atom says the plant is safe and could be a new source of energy for isolated communities on the ground, but environmentalists have expressed concern about the risk of nuclear accidents.
"We believe that any floating nuclear power plant is an expensive and risky way to get energy," Rashid Alimov of the Greenpeace branch in Russia told Reuters.
Asked about Greenpeace's comments, Ross Atom said: "The organization is working to create panic, rather than looking at Akademik Lomonosov as an opportunity to provide clean, environmentally friendly and stable energy in difficult conditions and remote areas."
Ross Atom said the station is capable of resisting various negative scenarios "including disasters caused by human errors and natural disasters."
The trip to the nuclear plant comes at a time of growing concern over nuclear power following a deadly explosion this month in northern Russia while testing a weapon system, in an experiment that caused high levels of radiation in a nearby city.