Words fail to describe the impression one now gets from Sayda Bay – an area that ten years ago offered nothing to the eye but a handful of decrepit shacks of the former fishing village.One wouldn’t have believed the changes if one didn’t see them for oneself.In 1990, Russia first started to decommission its old nuclear-powered submarines – and Sayda Bay, a locality in Kola Bay, in the northern parts of the Kola Peninsula, and not far from the shiprepairing yard Nerpa, which services the nuclear-powered ships of the Russian Northern Fleet – became the first place to accommodate the reactor compartments of the cut-up vessels.These sections were hauled to Sayda Bay by tugboats from shipyards in Severodvinsk and other towns where the aged Soviet nuclear ships where being dismantled using funds dispensed via the Nunn-Lugar program (also called Cooperative Threat Reduction program, CTR).
And as Ambartsumian takes the visitors on a tour of his site, one understands that successful projects such as this are not just born out of German funding and German experience – but the passion of those on site doing their best to make sure, day by day, that the difficult and important goal is being accomplished and what seemed at first like an impossible task is being fulfilled.In Sayda ist es morgens locker bewölkt bei Werten von 10°C. partnersuche im internet Essen Mittags kann es vereinzelt zu Regen kommen bei Höchsttemperaturen bis zu 17°C.In 2005, work started to prepare the site for construction of a reinforced concrete slab that would serve as the future storage yard.Altogether, some 300,000 cubic meters of soil was removed, and some 200,000 cubic meters of rock blasted and cleared from the site; on the whole, over 1 million cubic meters of material was moved.
Am Abend wird in Sayda die Sicht durch Nebel eingeschränkt bei Temperaturen von 11 bis 15°C.In der Nacht verdecken einzelne Wolken den Himmel bei Tiefsttemperaturen von 10°C.Named so for former US Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar, who developed the program in 1992, the initiative has since its inception helped Russia destroy and safely store scores of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons inherited after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The number of reactor compartments stored afloat, tethered to the pontoon piers, in Sayda Bay kept increasing year on year.Every ten years, a submarine reactor compartment held in storage in Sayda Bay will be transported into the workshop to have its coating renovated and radiation condition inspected.
The compartments will remain in storage for 70 years, after which the next generations will have the task of researching further solutions for managing Russia’s nuclear legacy.
Dredging work was done as well in preparation for accommodating the floating dock that would carry newly cut-out reactor compartments arriving in Sayda Bay.
As of today, around EUR 700 million has been spent on the project.
“The quality of treatment of the [reactor compartments] is such that the compartments leave the workshop clean as a whistle, radiation levels are no higher than from the granite that surrounds the site.
With the exception of some hulls that had a difficult service record…” It seems unbelievable that such a modern facility would be built in the harsh Arctic conditions in such a short time.