Akademik Lomonosov Nuclear Reactor

  1. Russia has launched the world’s first floating nuclear reactor named Akademik Lomonosov in the Arctic region.
  2. The vessel is 144 metres long and 30 metres wide. It houses two nuclear reactors. It travels at a speed of 3.5 to 4.5 knots.
  3. The vessel will be towed 6,000 kilometres to the Siberian region of Chukotka. It will be the northernmost nuclear plant in the world.
  4. Rosatom, a Russian nuclear energy company, has said the Akademik Lomonosov is part of a larger plan to provide energy to remote regions in Russia and around the world. Further, it can be used to power desalination plants for countries with a shortage of fresh water.
  5. Environment NGO Greenpeace has called the floating nuclear reactor as “Chernobyl on Ice” and raised concerns about a nuclear disaster and nuclear waste generation.