Period of operation of the nuclear icebreaker "Yamal" will be extended until 2022

"Atomflot" will extend the lifetime of the reactor plants of the nuclear icebreaker "Yamal" up to 150 thousands hours, and the service life of up to 30 years.

Research works on this issue will be executed by the JSC "Afrikantov Experimental Design Bureau for Mechanical Engineering"
The total cost of works is estimated at almost 4 million rubles. The icebreaker "Yamal" was commissioned in 1992, thus after increasing its resource it could serve until 2022.

Note, that this is not the first case of extending the life of reactors in icebreakers: for the first time such an operation was conducted with the icebreaker "Arktika", when the resource of its reactors had been extended to 175 thousand hours with the originally provided 100 thousand.

Today, the "Yamal" is the second of the newest icebreakers. The "Russia", launched in 1985, was decommissioned in 2013. The «Taimyr» was put into operation in 1989, "The Soviet Union" and the "Vaigach" in 1990, the new one -"50 Years of Victory" in 2007.

Nowadays in Russia has been creating a new generation of nuclear-powered icebreakers. The first, LK-60, would become the largest in the world, being built at the Baltic shipyard (JSC “Baltiysky Zavod”) in Saint Petersburg, it is planned to be completed in the year 2017.

Source: Arctic-info

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