This is world’s first floating nuclear power plant.
Russia’s “Akademik Lomonosov” is a 70-megawatt vessel being towed by two boats to the arctic town of Pevek. The floating power plant contains a nuclear reactor that will be used to power the port town and replace its current 44-year-old and 70-year-old power plants.
However, the boat’s design is receiving harsh criticism from organizations like Greenpeace, which deemed the floating plant as “Chernobyl on ice.” Greenpeace thinks the vessel is a disaster waiting to happen, because it has no self-propulsion and a flat-bottomed hull, making it more vulnerable to storms on the sea.
"Nuclear reactors bobbing around the Arctic Ocean will pose a shockingly obvious threat to a fragile environment, which is already under enormous pressure from climate change," said Greenpeace nuclear expert Jan Haverkamp in a statement. “The floating nuclear power plants will typically be put to use near coastlines and shallow water … contrary to claims regarding safety, the flat-bottomed hull and the floating nuclear power plant's lack of self-propulsion makes it particularly vulnerable to tsunamis and cyclones."
The big nuclear rig will first make a stop in Murmansk for fuel, before making its final stop in Pevek in 2019.