Nuclear Focus

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Nuclear Focus

Rosatom, Russia’s public-owned nuclear monopoly, intends to become a major supplier of electricity to off-grid remote areas in the Russian Arctic. It is focused on promoting its self-contained, low-capacity power plants as an innovative solution for energy supply in remote locations across the High North.

One such project envisions constructing a low-power NPP in the Yakut Republic by 2028. The nuclear power plant to be built in the vicinity of the village of Ust-Kuyga in Northern Yakutia will provide electricity to the Kyuchus mine, one of the largest gold mines in Russia and the world, as well as to neighboring off-grid settlements currently relying on diesel generators.

As part of another Rosatom’s project, some four floating nuclear power stations are to be built in St. Petersburg for the Chukotka Autonomous District.

The new floating NPPs will supply energy to the Baimskaya copper project, which is expected to commence production by the end of 2027 and have an annual ore processing capacity of 70 million tons per annum.

The proposed solutions conform to the highest standards of safety and are environmentally-friendly, Rosatom says.
Alexander Stotskiy
6 August 2021
Arctic Today