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Russia: IAEA inspects new nuclear-powered icebreakers01:30

Russia: IAEA inspects new nuclear-powered icebreakers

Russian Federation, St Petersburg
June 1, 2017 at 20:15 GMT -00:00 · Published

This afternoon I have just seen the icebreakers Antarctica[Arktika] and Siberia[Sibir]. They are huge, robust and equipped with some nuclear power. And the reactors are very compact and I was impressed that a lot of safety measures are taken.

Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano visited St. Petersburg’s Baltic Shipyard on Thursday, to inspect the nuclear-powered icebreakers 'Arctic' and 'Siberia', which are currently under construction.

After inspecting the ships, Amano reported that "they are huge, robust and equipped with some nuclear power", adding that, "the reactors are very compact."

The icebreakers have a two-reactor power unit with the principal source of steam coming from the next-generation 175MW reactor unit RITM-200, which was specially designed for this type of vessel.

The dual-draft design of the vessel makes it ideal for use in Arctic waters and in estuaries of polar rivers.

The first and second serial icebreakers are due to be commissioned in 2017, 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Amano arrived in St. Petersburg to participate in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that will run until Saturday.

Russia: IAEA inspects new nuclear-powered icebreakers01:30
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This afternoon I have just seen the icebreakers Antarctica[Arktika] and Siberia[Sibir]. They are huge, robust and equipped with some nuclear power. And the reactors are very compact and I was impressed that a lot of safety measures are taken.

Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano visited St. Petersburg’s Baltic Shipyard on Thursday, to inspect the nuclear-powered icebreakers 'Arctic' and 'Siberia', which are currently under construction.

After inspecting the ships, Amano reported that "they are huge, robust and equipped with some nuclear power", adding that, "the reactors are very compact."

The icebreakers have a two-reactor power unit with the principal source of steam coming from the next-generation 175MW reactor unit RITM-200, which was specially designed for this type of vessel.

The dual-draft design of the vessel makes it ideal for use in Arctic waters and in estuaries of polar rivers.

The first and second serial icebreakers are due to be commissioned in 2017, 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Amano arrived in St. Petersburg to participate in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that will run until Saturday.

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