Russia’s Akademik Lomonosov, the world’s first floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) has become operational.
Akademik Lomonosov was constructed by Russian state nuclear power firm Rosatom.
It has latest security systems and is considered as one of safest nuclear installations in the world. However, environmentalists have dubbed it as ‘nuclear Titanic’ or ‘Chernobyl on ice’.
It will be primarily used to power oil rigs in remote areas of Artic region where Russia is pushing to drill for oil and gas.
The project is part of Russia’s greater aims to secure rich deposits of oil and gas in North Pole region in Artic. Due to climate change, new shipping routes are opening up in Russia’s north and as result, it is strengthening its military position in the region.
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