Russia Ready to Build Floating Nuclear Power Plants in China


As Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation Dmitry Rogozin declared to journalists: “Rosatom state corporation and Chinese representatives discussed the question of building floating nuclear power plants (FNPP) in China”.

“We are ready to work ‘on turnkey basis’ on such projects“, he said.

As it was said, Russian Federation is planning to start large-scale production of FNPP. However, the first ‘large-scale’ project being implemented in Russia, ‘started slipping’ because of bankruptcy of Baltiysky Zavod (РТС: BALZ ), a former prime contractor of the project.

The agreement on building FNPP in Russian Federation was signed in 2009. According to the terms of the contract with the former prime contractor, delivery time of a completed nuclear unit was scheduled on May 24, 2012.

As Rosatom’s General Director Sergey Kiriyenko said in the end of November, it was planning to put the unit into operation in 1.5-2 years. The Russian customer is currently negotiating financial terms of further construction of FNPP with a new prime contractor.

FNPP are designed for integrated power and heat delivery to isolated users in remote areas when there are no centralized power supply facilities and fuel delivery is expensive.

In Russia these users are cities and ports along the Northern Sea Route and the Far East coast, mineral deposits, military installations. This is going to be the first floating NPP in the world and also the first civil project of low-power nuclear plant.

The FNPP under construction will have two 35 MW reactor systems.