Russia's sea change

Flynn, Michael
July 2006
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p13
The article reports on the plan of the construction of a floating reactor or a nuclear power plant at the Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk, Russia. According to the media, the project targets to complete construction at the end of 2006 under the funding of Rosenegoatom with $200 million. Scientists are studying the use of low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel to run the plant instead of highly-enriched uranium (HEU). However, Cristina Chuen of the Monterey Institute of International Studies contended on the feasibility of the plant, stating that failure to sustain the plant by LEU might tempt Russia to devise HEU. Another concern raised on the plan is the radioactive waste disposal.


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