The “Akademik Lomonosov” the world’s first purpose-built floating nuclear power plant © Nicolai Gontar / Greenpeace

The “Akademik Lomonosov” – the world’s first purpose-built floating nuclear power plant © Nicolai Gontar / Greenpeace

No, we’re not joking. No, this isn’t science fiction. This is really happening.

Rosatom, the Russian state-controlled nuclear giant, is launching the “Akademik Lomonosov”, the first of its kind, into the world. It’s currently being towed through the Baltic sea, where it will go all around Scandinavia to Murmansk, to be fuelled and tested, before it heads off on a 5,000 km journey through the Arctic.

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