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RITM-200 Nuclear Reactor Fitted Aboard Russia's Project 22220 Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker Arktika
 
Russian defense contractor Baltic Shipyard - Shipbuilding (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC) has completed the installation of the RITM-200 reactor system, having equipped the lead ship of the Project 22220 icebreaker family with the second of the two steam generator units, according to USC’s press office.
Russian defense contractor Baltic Shipyard - Shipbuilding (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC) has completed the installation of the RITM-200 reactor system, having equipped the lead ship of the Project 22220 icebreaker family with the second of the two steam generator units, according to USC’s press office.
 
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RITM-200 Nuclear Reactor Fitted Aboard Russia's Project 22220 Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker Arktika
 
Russian defense contractor Baltic Shipyard - Shipbuilding (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC) has completed the installation of the RITM-200 reactor system, having equipped the lead ship of the Project 22220 icebreaker family with the second of the two steam generator units, according to USC’s press office.
     
Russian defense contractor Baltic Shipyard - Shipbuilding (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC) has completed the installation of the RITM-200 reactor system, having equipped the lead ship of the Project 22220 icebreaker family with the second of the two steam generator units, according to USC’s press office.
Baltic Shipyard completed the installation of the RITM-200 nuclear reactor aboard icebreaker "Arktika" Project 22220 on September 20th. Image:
Baltic Shipyard
     
The RITM-200 is a cutting-edge icebreaker reactor plant from the Afrikantov Design Bureau. With two steam generator units with a thermal power of 175MW each, it is part of the main propulsion plant of the icebreaker.

Each of the RITM-200’s steam generator units weighs about 180 tons. Both of the Arktika’s units have been loaded using a Demag floating crane. The first of the steam generator unit was assembled on September 2.

"Today, we have passed a key milestone of the nuclear-powered icebreaker’s construction,"
Vladimir Bazhenov, acting director general, Baltic Shipyard - Shipbuilding, noted, "Next we have to perform the final assembly of the reactor system, auxiliary equipment and accessories."

As was reported in the press, Russia’s future Project 23000 Shtorm aircraft carrier will be furnished with a nuclear main propulsion plant of the type that has been fitted to the Project 22220 Arktika icebreaker.

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Russian defense contractor Baltic Shipyard - Shipbuilding (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC) has completed the installation of the RITM-200 reactor system, having equipped the lead ship of the Project 22220 icebreaker family with the second of the two steam generator units, according to USC’s press office.
Artist impression of nuclear powered icebreaker "Arktika" (project 22220)
Image: Atomflot

     
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The three icebreakers are planned to be delivered to the customer in 2017, 2019 and 2020, respectively. The three icebreakers are currently under construction at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg on order of Rosatomflot Company, part of Russia’s Rosatom Corporation. The Project 22220 lead icebreaker Arktika was laid down at the Baltic Shipyard in November 2013. The project is estimated at 122 billion rubles ($1.9 billion).

The icebreaker incorporates technologies that were not used in the nuclear-powered fleet earlier. In particular, the ship’s double draught with a controlled submersion depth will allow it to lead a group of vessels in ice-covered areas and river outlets and its new nuclear reactor will make it possible to navigate for more than six months without calling at ports for recharging.

The icebreaker is planned to be able to navigate about seven years without recharging. The icebreaker will receive two water desalination systems able to process 70 tons of water each. As of today, the Baltic Shipyard has more than 10,000 tons of assembled metal structures for the future icebreaker in its slipway.

Project 22220 Nuclear-powered Icebrakers are set to become the largest and most powerful icebreakers in the world. Their length is 173.3 meters with a width of 34 meters and draft of 10.5 meters. Projected tonnage is 33,540 tons. It will be fitted with two RITM-200 pressurized water reactors for a capacity of 175 MW.