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Russia’s First Floating Nuclear Plant Heads Out to Sea

The project has been widely criticized by environmentalists. Greenpeace has dubbed it a 'floating Chernobyl'

A Russian flag flutters in front of the floating nuclear power plant "Akademik Lomonosov", which is towed to an Atomflot base in Murmansk for nuclear fuel loading, in St. Petersburg, Russia April 28, 2018
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A floating nuclear power plant, the world's first, built in Russia has embarked on its first sea voyage so its reactors can be loaded with fuel.

The floating plant, the Akademik Lomonosov, was towed on Saturday out of the St. Petersburg shipyard where it was constructed.

It is to be pulled through the Baltic Sea and around the northern tip of Norway to Murmansk in northwest Russia, where the nuclear reactors are to be fueled.

Russia’s first floating nuclear plant heads out to sea

The Lomonosov is to be put into service in 2019 in the Arctic off the coast of Chukotka in the far east, providing power for a port town and for oil rigs.

The project has been widely criticized by environmentalists. Greenpeace has dubbed it a “floating Chernobyl.”