Russia plans to commission its first floating nuclear power plant in 2011, a regional leader said last week (see GSN, July 17).
"The construction of the first such power unit with 70 [megawatt] capacity was started this year, and should be completed by 2010," said Nikolai Kiselyov, governor of Russia's Arkhangelsk region. "The plant is most likely to operate in [the Arctic port city of] Severodvinsk. Its launch is planned for 2011."
Six additional floating reactors are planned to be finished in the next 10 years, to meet an expected international demand for power, RIA Novosti reported (RIA Novosti, Sept. 27).