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Floating nuclear power plant’s first reactor power-up hailed as Rosatom’s massive victory

The first of the two power-generating units of the world’s only floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov, which is being built by Rosatom’s Atomflot enterprise with assistance of Baltic Shipyard Company specialists, has reached the output of 10%. Thus, the starboard reactor has been powered up, BelTA learned from the Information and Public Relations Department of Rosenergoatom (the power engineering division of the Russian nuclear industry corporation Rosatom).

Rosenergoatom’s Deputy Director General, Director for Special Projects and Initiatives Pavel Ipatov said: “Reactor power-up is a victory for entire Rosatom. It is an extremely important step in the course of comprehensive testing. In essence it is a functional test of all the equipment. It is done in several stages, with the first one at 1-10% of the designed output capacity and the final one at 110%. At each stage we test the operation of equipment, automatic controls, safeguards, and other devices and systems, which allow safely increasing the output of the unit.”

According to Pavel Ipatov, before the reactor was powered up, all the necessary conditions for its reliable and safe operation had been enabled: operators and repairmen were hired and trained, operation guidelines were worked out as well as technical documents on reporting and accounting, fuel, materials, spare parts were stockpiled, control and communication systems went online as well as fire alarms and fire extinguishers, control and protection systems, ventilation, radioactive waste processing and storage systems.

There are plans to gradually increase the reactor’s output up to the designed capacity in order to confirm its operational parameters. The compliance of the main parameters of support systems with the engineering specifications will be determined.

The complex testing of the power-generating unit of the floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov began on 25 November 2018 to last till spring 2019. The main purpose of the tests is to make sure the floating nuclear power plant is ready for commercial operation. The vessel will be towed to the Pevek city port in the Chukotka Autonomous District in autumn 2019 where it will become part of a floating cogeneration plant in order to replace assets of the Bilibino nuclear power plant and the Chaunskaya cogeneration plant, which are being retired.