Nuclear Power on the High Seas

A Russian manufacturer has announced plans to build a nuclear energy plant on a floating platform near the Bering Sea.
July 11, 2009, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The manufacturer, known also as O.P.K., told Green Inc. that the first model would be used to help power Viluchinsk, a city on the Kamchatka peninsula that serves as an atomic submarine base.

O.P.K. said similar models could power other cities in northern Russia in the future. But according to nuclear experts, mining companies are likely to use Russian-built floating reactors to power operations to extract oil and gas and valuable minerals from the Arctic and other remote regions."

The manufacturer is citing the plant's mobility and distance from human settlement two if its main benefits.

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Published on Thursday, July 9, 2009 in The New York Times
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