S.-PETERSBURG, February 13 – RIA Novosti. The fire took place in St. Petersburg at the Ural nuclear icebreaker, which is being built at the Baltic Shipyard (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation), it has already been localized, the press service of the plant told RIA Novosti.
“There was a fire on the icebreaker Ural, on an area of 5 square meters. We localized it on our own. There is no damage,” the agency's interlocutor said.
Nuclear icebreakers of Project 22220 are needed to ensure Russian leadership in the Arctic, they will be able to navigate convoys of ships, breaking through ice up to three meters thick. These icebreakers will provide pilotage of vessels with hydrocarbons from the fields of the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas and from the shelf of the Kara Sea to the markets of the Asia-Pacific region.
In October 2020, the lead universal icebreaker Arktika of project 22220, built at the Baltic Shipyard, was transferred to Rosatom and officially became part of the Russian nuclear fleet. Now at the Baltzavod they are building serial icebreakers of project 22220 – Siberia, Ural, Yakutia and Chukotka.
Nuclear-powered ships of project 22220 are equipped with a two-reactor power plant with the main source of steam from the RITM-200 reactor plant with a capacity of 175 megawatts. The two-draft design of the vessels allows them to be used both in Arctic waters and in the mouths of polar rivers.