A controversial ship-borne nuclear power plant was launched from St Petersburg as part of a Russian plan to power remote seaside settlements. The Akademik Lomonosov, which green groups have dubbed “a floating Chernobyl,” was towed from the shipyard where it was built in the Gulf of Finland on Saturday. It will be towed through the Baltic Sea and around the coast of Norway to Russia’s Arctic port of Murmansk, where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel for sea tests. Russia has operated a fleet of nuclear-powered ice breakers in the Arctic since Soviet times. It has planned ship-borne nuclear power plants to provide electricity to remote settlements and oil rigs since the early 2000s, but the project has been plagued by delays and opposition from environmentalists.
Telegraph 1st May 2018 read more »