For the first time, Chinese shipyard builds a new generation of Russian floating nuclear power plant hull laying keel
According to reports, the barge is 140 meters long and 30 meters wide, with a hull weight of 9,549 tons without equipment and 19,088 tons with equipment. It is expected that the hull will be delivered to Russia by the end of 2023, complete with reactors, auxiliary equipment, control room and accommodation. installation of areas, etc.
This is the first of four floating nuclear power plants, each with an installed capacity of 106 megawatts, that Atomenergomash plans to operate in the waters of Cape Nagryingen, Chukotka Autonomous Region. Due to the tight project implementation deadline and the heavy workload of Russian domestic shipbuilding companies, Atomenergomash decided to hand over the hulls of the first two ships to overseas shipyards for construction, and the construction plans and shipyards of the third and fourth ships will be in the fourth quarter of 2022. finalized.
To this end, Rosatom launched an open tender for Asian shipyards last year to build two floating nuclear power plant hulls. Among them, Wison (Nantong) Heavy Industry won the bid at a price about 30% lower than the highest bid limit, with a winning bid of US$226 million. In addition to the participation of Wison (Nantong) Heavy Industry in the bidding, South Korea’s KHAN Precision Industry’s bid was 325 million US dollars, and Sichuan Honghua Petroleum Co., Ltd.’s bid was 248 million US dollars.
According to the contract agreement, Wison Heavy Industries needs to deliver the first hull (including the superstructure) before October 2, 2023, and the second hull should be delivered before February 2, 2024. Atomenergomash had already paid Wison a 15% upfront payment at the end of last year.
At the same time, Russia is building nuclear power plant facilities for these 4 new floating nuclear power plants, equipped with RITM-200 reactors completely made by Atomenergomash, this new generation of reactors is compared to the operating floating nuclear power plant “Academician Lomonosov” No. (Academik Lomonosov) capabilities are greatly enhanced.
It is understood that Rosatom’s “Academician Lomonosov” was put into commercial operation in May last year. This is the world’s first floating nuclear power plant at sea. It was built by the St. Petersburg Shipyard and deployed in Pevek, Chukotka Autonomous Region, Russia. The total investment of “Academician Lomonosov” is about 480 million US dollars. The ship is 144 meters long, 30 meters wide, 10 meters high, and has a displacement of 21,500 tons. It can be equipped with about 70 crew members. The main function of the KLT-40 reactor is to provide electricity for factories, cities and offshore natural gas and oil drilling platforms in extremely remote areas of Russia.
After being delivered and set sail in 2019, the “Academician Lomonosov” completed power generation in December of the same year and was connected to the Chukotka Autonomous Region power grid, replacing the local thermal power plants and gradually dilapidated nuclear power plants. About 5,000 people in Pevek provide electricity. The main target of the “Academy Lomonosov” is the oil platform, because Russia has launched a hydrocarbon mining project in the Arctic region.
It is understood that Wison Heavy Industries is a large-scale wholly foreign-owned enterprise invested and established by Wison Holding Group. It is mainly engaged in the general contracting business of offshore oil platforms, platform modules, LNG modules, jackets, FPSOs, offshore engineering vessels and offshore lifting machinery. Wison Offshore Engineering Co., Ltd. currently has Nantong and Zhoushan manufacturing bases. Wison (Nantong) Heavy Industry Co., Ltd., as the first shipyard of Wison Offshore Engineering, was built in 2006 and covers an area of about 640,000 square meters. Construction of steel structure projects. Since its operation in 2006, the base has executed a number of offshore construction, drilling modules and onshore plant module construction projects. For example: In October 2016, Wison Offshore successfully completed the delivery of the modular construction project of the core components of the Venezuelan National Petroleum Corporation (PDVSA) refinery at the base. At the same time, Wison Offshore also delivered a number of industry benchmarking projects at the base, including the world’s first buoyant tower drilling and production platform and the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) barge that was successfully delivered.