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 MWnuclear “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 is a Russian Moskvich 408E, recognizable from the four headlights, that is a version of the 408 built mainly for export (“E” is for “export”).

(photo: © 1975 Novosti news agency, Moscow – personal collection)

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