A floating nuclear power plant is powering the lights on a new year’s tree in Arctic Russia. The Akademik Lomonosov, a 459ft barge with two nuclear reactors, is plugged into the grid at its mooring off Pevek, a port of 4,000 people and the northernmost town in Asia. Environmentalists fear that the vessel could be a “waterborne Chernobyl” if hit by storms, ice or a tsunami. Russia says the Akademik Lomonosov is a safe, low-carbon solution to providing power in an isolated region where poor transport links and permafrost complicate large-scale construction. Over three weeks during the summer the floating plant was towed from Murmansk in European Russia through the Arctic Ocean and into position.
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