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Norway goes critical over floating reactors

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A FLOATING nuclear power station that Russia is planning to build to serve its Arctic communities may be towed abroad to provide electricity for Indonesia, China and India, much to the alarm of Russia’s neighbours. Russia announced three weeks ago that it was intending to build the floating power station—the first in the world—to supply power to Pevek, a remote region of eastern Siberia. The station’s reactor would be similar to those used by the latest nuclear icebreakers, which operate out of Murmansk and ply the rivers and coastline of Siberia every winter. It would be towed the 4000 kilometres to Murmansk every 13 years for servicing. But Vyacheslav Ruksha, vice-president of the Murmansk Shipping Company’s icebreaker fleet, says that Russia is also negotiating to lease or sell the floating nuclear power plant, or similar ones, to Indonesia, China and India so that they can supply power to outlying islands or distant coastal communities. The prospect of floating nuclear plants being towed from the Arctic to Asia worries Russia’s neighbours. “This is not the kind of progress I am hoping for from Russia,” says Jørgen Kosmo, Norway’s defence minister. “They should use their first-class engineers to make existing power plants more secure,