A Russia-designed hang nuclear power plant has begun its journey through the Arctic The depths this month causing concerns in Alaska, a report said.
The 472-foot barge boated in St. Petersburg, Russia, and will continue along the coast to the Bering Tight spot separating Russia from Alaska, Alaska Public Media check in Thursday.
The barge, named Akademik Lomonosov, is the world’s first bringing nuclear power plant, Russian officials said.
Akademik Lomonosov has already coursed to Murmansk to refuel while receiving a new Russian flag paint job and command continue to Pevek, Russia, where it will dock about 1,250 miles from Anchorage, officials influenced.
There are concerns approximately potential radiation the barge could produce in the northwest region.
“Emission effects. Environmental effects — we’ve been worried about for quite some time after time in this era of increased shipping, less sea ice,” said Austin Ahmasuk, a pelagic advocate for Kawarek, the Native non-profit serving the Bering Straits extent.
The barge is mounted with two nuclear reactors capable of powering a urban district about the size of Fairbanks and will provide heat and power to the mining precinct, Russian officials said.
Akademik Lomonosov is expected to begin outing power in December, officials said.
Despite concerns, this new expansion could help increase communication between Russia and the United Articulates.
“This would be a perfect opportunity to say, ‘Hey … we find what you are doing enchanting. We would like to learn more,’ and try to make it sort of a positive avenue for tidings sharing,” said Rebecca Pincus, an Arctic security expert at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Atoll.