Akademik Lomonosov

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An artist's rendition of the Akademik Lomonosov
Name: Akademik Lomonosov
Namesake: Mikhail Lomonosov
Owner: Rosatom
Cost: US$336 million (projected)
Laid down: 15 April 2007
Launched: 30 June 2010[1]
Acquired: 2019 (planned)[2]
Status: in operation
General characteristics
Class and type: nuclear powership (barge)
Displacement: 21,500 tonnes
Length: 144.4 m (474 ft)
Beam: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 10 m (33 ft)
Draft: 5.6 m (18 ft)
Crew: 69
Notes: 2 modified KLT-40S Nuclear Reactors (Icebreaker type) producing 35x2 MW electric or 150x2 MW thermal

Akademik Lomonosov (Russian: Академик Ломоносов) is a non-self-propelled powership to be operated as the first Russian floating nuclear power station. The ship was named after Academician Mikhail Lomonosov.


The keel of Akademik Lomonosov was laid on 15 April 2007.[3] Construction started at the Sevmash Submarine-Building Plant in Severodvinsk. It cost 6 billion rubles ($232 million).[4] The celebrations were attended by the first deputy prime minister of Russia, Sergei Ivanov, and by the head of Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko.[5] Originally, Akademik Lomonosov was supposed to supply power to Severodvinsk town and Sevmash itself. However, in August 2008, the Russian government approved the transfer of work from Sevmash to the Baltic Shipyard in Saint Petersburg.[6]

The first reactor was delivered in May and the second one in August 2009.[3] Akademik Lomonosov was launched on 30 June 2010.[7] Akademik Lomonosov will be deployed at Pevek, in the Chukotka region in Russia's Far East.[3] It is expected to be delivered in 2019, and is planned to come online as the nearby Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant is shut down.[8] On April 28, 2018, it left St. Petersburg under tow for Murmansk, where it will receive nuclear fuel for the first time. Campaigners for Greenpeace warned about potential nuclear hazards from Akademik Lomonosov.[9] On May 17, 2018, it arrived at Murmansk.[10]


Akademik Lomonosov has a length of 144 metres (472 ft) and width of 30 metres (98 ft). It has a displacement of 21,500 tonnes and a crew of 69 people.[11] For the power generation, it has two modified KLT-40 naval propulsion reactors together providing up to 70 MW of electricity or 300 MW of heat. Reactors are designed by OKBM Afrikantov and assembled by Nizhniy Novgorod Research and Development Institute Atomenergoproekt (both part of Atomenergoprom). The reactor vessels are produced by Izhorskiye Zavody.[3] The turbo-generators are supplied by Kaluga Turbine Plant.[6]


  1. ^ "Baltiysky Shipyard launches the Akademik Lomonosov, part of nuclear powered plant". Portnews. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Bulk Carriers Stuck in Ice off Chukchi Peninsula". Maritime Executive. January 18, 2017. Archived from the original on January 22, 2017. They are delivering construction material for a pier being built for the Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power station. The power station will be transported to Chukotka via the Northern Sea Route and assembled there in 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Reactors ready for floating plant". World Nuclear News. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Russia relocates construction of floating power plant". 
  5. ^ Kukushkin, Mikhail (2007-04-16). "Плавучие АЭС готовят к экспорту" [Floating NPS are ready for export] (in Russian). Vremya Novostey. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  6. ^ a b "Russia relocates construction of floating power plant". World Nuclear News. 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  7. ^ Stolyarova, Galina (2010-07-01). "Nuclear Power Vessel Launched". The St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  8. ^ "Work starts on on-shore infrastructure for Russian floating plant". World Nuclear News. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "World's first floating nuclear power plant bound for the Arctic, warns Greenpeace". Greenpeace International. Retrieved 2018-04-28. 
  10. ^ "Floating plant arrives at Murmansk for fueling". World Nuclear News. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018. 
  11. ^ "Two floating nuclear plants for Chukotka". World Nuclear News. 2007-04-05. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 

Coordinates: 52°55′13″N 158°25′29″E / 52.92028°N 158.42472°E / 52.92028; 158.42472