FPU “Akademik Lomonosov” to begin commercial operations

08 May 2019

After a series of successful and comprehensive tests, including on its twin KLT-40 reactor system, the unique floating nuclear power unit (FPU) “Akademik Lomonosov” is ready to start commercial operations.

The FPU’s reactors, No.1 and No.2, were successfully brought up to 100% capacity on March 31. These tests confirmed the operational stability of the main and auxiliary equipment of the FPU, as well as the automatic process control systems.

Based on the results of these tests acceptance certificate for the FPU would now be issued by authorities with a view of operating license to be granted in July.

The FPU is scheduled to be towed to the Port of Pevek during the 2019 summer shipping where it will operate as part of a floating nuclear power plant, replacing the outgoing capacities of the Bilibino NPP and the Chaunskaya CHPP. It is expected to be connected to the power grid in December 2019.

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