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Shevchenko (Aqtau) nuclear desalination plant, 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Desalination plant in Aqtau, formerly know as Ševčenko (1964 — 1992), in Kazakhstan: it produced 120,000 m³/day of drinkable water from the Caspian Sea. Built in 1973, it was powered by a 150 MWe nuclear “Fast Breeder Reactor” (FBR) class BN producing, wich also supplied power for the city and produced plutonium for other purpouses. It was the only nuclear-powered desalination plant. The car in the foreground …