Russia Officially Unveils Floating Nuclear Power Plant
The much-discussed Russian floating nuclear power plant was officially unveiled, and opened, to foreign media this week in the city of Murmansk, it even appears to have had a new paint job, now sporting colors of red, white, and blue, as opposed to the original brown and yellow.
A project that detractors have referred to as a “Chernobyl on ice”, was developed by the Russian state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom. The plant which is about 144 meters long, 30 meters wide, and has two reactors, each with a capacity of 35 megawatts, will be used to meet Russia's growing electricity needs in its drive to develop oil resources in remote Arctic regions.
Concerns have been raised about the risks this floating plant could face from natural disasters such as tsunami's, or possible terrorist attack, a Rosatom official in charge of security, however, says the floating unit was designed to prevent fuel meltdowns and other emergencies.