The Sevmashpredpriyatiye enterprise of the city of Severodvinsk (the center of the Russian nuclear ship building) is starting work on a unique project that will help to settle both local and global energy problems. People call this project “our answer to Chubais.” The citizens of Severodvinsk have bitter memories of Chubais, as people still remember cold winters of the past, when water was turned into ice in their apartments.
Work is starting on the buoyant nuclear power station, and interest in it is enormous already. The citizens of Severodvinsk treat the idea of building a station with understanding. This will be the reserve for the town’s electric and heating power, and it will also provide work for the townspeople and profit for the enterprise.
The project went through the independent ecological expertise, and it is considered to be ecologically safe. The new station will become the central one in the town, and it will be geographically available too: any investor will be allowed to come and see everything.
The station is planned to be launched 40 months after the start of the works, but this term will depends on funding, of course. The level of protection of the station’s reactors will be five times as efficient: the station will be protected from earthquakes, meteorites, and even from plane crashes. Spent nuclear fuel can be stored at the station itself for twelve years.
Andrey Mikhailov PRAVDA.Ru Severodvinsk
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov