Russia has launched the world’s first floating
nuclear reactor named Akademik Lomonosov in the Arctic region.
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
The vessel will be towed 6,000 kilometres to the
Siberian region of Chukotka. It will be the northernmost nuclear plant in the
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.
Environment NGO Greenpeace has called the floating
nuclear reactor as “Chernobyl on Ice” and raised concerns about a
nuclear disaster and nuclear waste generation.