Urbin Report

Thursday, June 15, 2006

BBC fails in basic research.

The BBC put out a story yesterday claiming that:

Russia is to build the world's first floating nuclear plant, designed to provide power for remote areas.

Back in the 1960s, the US Army Corps of Engineers built the MH-1A Sturgis, the world's first floating nuclear power plant.

The converted WWII Liberty ship hull had a 10,000 kilowatt pressurized water nuclear steam plant installed. I remember visiting it while it was being installed. My dad was on the original crew. I also remember seeing it in Gatun Lake, while it provided power to the Panama Canal Zone grid from 1968 to 1975.

It was decommissioned in 1976, thirty years before the Russians are attempting to build their own floating Nuclear power plant.