Russia’s first floating power plant dubbed ‘Chernobyl on ice’ arrives at port

Russia's first floating nuclear power station has arrived at its destination 17 days ahead of schedule, with footage emerging of its journey.

The gigantic Akademik Lomonosov arrived in the Arctic port town of Pevek, in far-east Russia, on Tuesday.

A video of the 472ft-long vessel shows it setting sail from Murmansk on August 23 before covering a whopping 2,640 miles.

The clip also shows how nuclear fuel is held within it.

It is hoped the Akademik Lomonosov will provide energy to remote port towns, industrial complexes and oil and gas platforms at sea in the far-eastern region.

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But the ship has been slammed by Greenpeace, who called it the "nuclear Titanic" and "Chernobyl on ice".

A Russian delegation told International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors the ship is a "technological breakthrough".

"Today, this area sets high expectations of a technological breakthrough and precedes the creation of stable clean energy sources for hard-to-access regions of the world," a statement read.

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"In this regard, we would like to note our innovative work on creating the first floating nuclear power plant 'Akademik Lomonosov', which arrived yesterday in the operating site in Pevek in Russia’s Extreme North.”

According to reports, it is planned to be operational by December.

The vessel has a designated lifespan of 40 years and can accommodate 69 members of staff.

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