Russia's "floating Chernobyl" nuclear power plant has just set sail

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Akademik Lomonosov, the world's first "floating" nuclear power plant (FNPP) for installation in remote areas, has headed out on its first sea voyage from this Baltic shipyard here, Russian state-run atomic energy corporation Rosatom said on Saturday. The vessel will be towed through Estonian, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian waters on its way to Murmansk.

Akademik Lomonosov, as it's officially called, has two reactors and was meant to be loaded up and tested on St. Petersburg itself. However, due to pressure from Baltic states and a petition organized by Greenpeace Russia, Rosatom, the state-controlled owner, decided previous year to move loading and testing to Murmansk.

"Akademik Lomonosov will replace Pevek's aging Bilibino Nuclear Power Plant and Chaunsk coal-fired power plant, saving about 50,000 tons of Carbon dioxide emissions per year compared to the current levels".

"To test a nuclear reactor in a densely populated area like the center of St. Petersburg is irresponsible to say the least". Greenpeace recently warned that there was a danger of a "Chernobyl on ice", referencing the 1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl reactor in Soviet-controlled Ukraine that prompted a mass evacuation and left swathes of Ukraine and neighbouring Belarus uninhabitable.

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The Lomonosov is expected to be put into service in early 2019.

"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", Greenpeace nuclear expert Jan Haverkamp said in a statement.

The power plant can supply about 200,000 people with electricity.

While state-controlled nuclear energy firm and owner of the Lomonosov, Rosatom, told the Independent that it is designed with a "great margin of safety", when you consider Russian Federation doesn't have the strongest track record when it comes to nuclear, it's hard not to be nervous about a "floating Chernobyl".