The Cold War has long since thawed – but Russia is still trying to get one over the rest of the world in the technological stakes.
Nuclear missiles aren’t the name of the game though – the nation is building a floating nuclear power plant which it hopes to switch on in September 2016.
Last month state energy firm Rosatom’s subsidiary installed the second reactor of the ship, called ‘Akademik Lomonosov’, at a shipyard in St Petersburg.
Sergey Zavyalov, Deputy general director of floating nuclear power plants business at Rosenergoatom said: “We, as the customer, can see that work on the project has intensified in the past months, which gives us strong confidence that the floating unit will be ready in time,” reported World Nuclear News.
About 16% of electricity produced in Russia comes from nuclear power plants and the Government want this to rise to 21-22% by 2020, according to Rosatom.