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The Vice Prime Minister got acquainted with the construction of Pevek-Bilibino overhead power transmission lines and the operation of the floating nuclear power plant, visited the reconstructed seaport of Pevek.

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Overhead power transmission line Pevek – Bilibino under construction

As part of a working trip to the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Deputy Prime Minister – Plenipotentiary of the President in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev got acquainted with the construction of the Pevek-Bilibino overhead power transmission lines and the operation of the floating nuclear power plant, examined the infrastructure created for the operation of the station, and visited the reconstructed seaport.

The decision to create the world’s first floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) with a capacity of 70 MW with a base in Pevek, the construction of two single-circuit overhead power lines (OTL) Pevek – Bilibino and the formation of an energy center in Bilibino was made by the Government to replace the capacities of the decommissioned Bilibino nuclear power plant and replacement of the existing 110 kV overhead line Pevek – Bilibino. According to Roman Kopin, Governor of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, the construction of new overhead power transmission lines, in addition to its main task of ensuring stable and high-quality power supply, is also an important step in providing the residents of Chukotka with high-quality communications. The project provides for a fiber-optic communication line between the two cities. This is especially important given the prospects for Pevek’s connection to FOCL transarctic projects.

The construction of a new transmission line with a length of 490.6 km began in December last year. Construction is being carried out in the permafrost zone, in a sparsely populated area with no permanent roads. Delivery of the necessary materials is possible only by sea transport along the Northern Sea Route during the summer navigation, construction and installation work – in the winter, after the soil freezes. Currently, 301 supports have already been assembled and 204 supports have been installed, 252 foundations have been mounted. The construction of the first circuit of the new transmission line is planned to be completed by the end of 2023. At the same time, by this time, the Komsomolsky substation will be reconstructed using modern closed-circuit equipment and a new distribution point will be built in Bilibino. Roman Berdnikov, member of the board and first deputy general director of RusHydro, explained that the new power transmission line will provide a reliable energy connection between the Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant in Pevek and the city of Bilibino, as well as increase the reliability of power supply to consumers of the Chaun-Bilibino energy center.

The floating nuclear power plant began operating in 2020. The station is designed to generate electricity and heat. It consists of a floating power unit (FPU), an onshore site with structures that provide the delivery of electrical and thermal energy to consumers, as well as hydraulic structures that ensure safe parking of the FPU in the water area.

As Yuri Trutnev noted, the floating nuclear power plant is a unique project that has no analogues in the world, and Russia is a pioneer in its implementation. “The station is designed with a large margin of safety to withstand external factors. Therefore, special attention is now riveted to the object. Today many countries are showing interest in floating nuclear power plants. And, of course, the floating nuclear power plant is of particular importance for the power supply of Chukotka: both for the development of Pevek and improving the quality of life of people, and for launching new investment projects, ”he said.

The floating power unit (FPU) “Akademik Lomonosov” of project 20870 – the main project of a series of mobile transportable power units of low power – is a new class of energy sources based on Russian nuclear shipbuilding technologies. The FPU, proposed for power supply of large industrial enterprises, port cities, complexes for the production and processing of oil and gas on the shelf of the seas, was created on the basis of a serial power plant of nuclear icebreakers, tested during their long-term operation in the Arctic.

The project for the commissioning of a floating nuclear power plant is designed to provide reliable year-round heat and power supply to remote regions of the Arctic and the Far East, to provide energy to the main mining companies located in western Chukotka in the Chaun-Bilibino energy center – a large ore and metal cluster, including gold mining companies and projects associated with the development of the Baim ore zone. In addition, it will become one of the key infrastructure elements within the framework of the program for the development of the Northern Sea Route, providing year-round icebreaker assistance, which will allow the implementation of large infrastructure projects logistically connected with the port of Pevek. Within the framework of the infrastructure of the floating nuclear power plant in Chukotka, a complex of buildings, hydraulic structures and an onshore site has been built, which ensures the safe parking of the power unit and the acceptance of the power bridge from it.

The Deputy Prime Minister got acquainted with the progress of reconstruction and construction of engineering networks for heat, water supply and sewerage. As a result of the replacement of worn-out heat supply networks and the construction of new ones, Pevek will switch to a closed heat supply system from a floating nuclear power plant. All planned works will be completed by the end of October 2021. The design and installation of the pipeline junction building in Pevek has already been completed. Work continues on drilling piles for laying water supply, heat supply and sewerage pipelines to apartment buildings in the Geolog microdistrict. Installation of equipment for heating units in houses on Chemodanova Street was completed in full.

Yuri Trutnev visited the sea trade port of Pevek. Within the framework of the state program “Development of the transport system”, the first and second berths with a total length of 366 meters are being reconstructed. The technical readiness of the berths is 61.2%. After the completion of the work, it will be possible to moor and handle simultaneously at two berths ships up to 140 meters in length with a draft of 10 meters and a gross tonnage of 10 thousand tons each. From 2022, the throughput capacity of each of the reconstructed berths will be 300 thousand tons, and berth No. 3 will receive another 200 thousand tons. The Vice Prime Minister drew the attention of the FSUE “Rosmorport” management to the need to complete the work in full by the end of September this year and instructed the Chukotka leadership and the embassy staff to take control of the completion of the berth reconstruction.

The prospects for the development of the port were also discussed. The plans include the construction of a new terminal in the port of Pevek in the water area of ​​the Chaunskaya Bay and equipping it with a port fleet for year-round operation. The use of the new terminal is planned from 2026, the total volume of transshipment will be about 2 million tons of cargo per year and more than 40 million tons for the period of the project (until 2059).

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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