Russian nuclear power company Rosatom has signed an agreement with the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in Russia to promote nuclear power projects.

The project will feature a small nuclear power plant based on the SHELF-M reactor.

Rosatom director-general Alexey Likhachev and Yakutia head Aysen Nicolayev signed the agreement this week.

Under the agreement, the two parties will develop and approve a roadmap to implement the project this year.

With 10MW of installed electricity capacity, the project will be based on the SHELF-M integral pressurised water reactor (PWR).

The pilot nuclear power plant is scheduled to be commissioned in 2030.

In a statement, Rosatom said: “The project is within the framework of the federal programme Development of Equipment, Technologies and Scientific Research in the Field of Nuclear Energy Use in the Russian Federation for the period up to 2024.

“The idea of the micro nuclear power plant is to enable the provision of a reliable source of electricity to remote communities and industries where there is little existing energy or transport infrastructure.”

Located in Russia’s east region, Yakutia is due to receive a small nuclear power plant based on the RITM-200 reactor from Rosatom.

The small nuclear plant was designed by Rosatom and will aim to ensure a reliable power supply for the development of the Kyuchus gold deposit.

Its commissioning is scheduled to take place in 2028.

Earlier this year, Rosatom’s Finnish subsidiary decided to proceed with its plan to build the Hanhikivi I nuclear power plant in Finland.

The company will develop the plant following previous uncertainty over government permits following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Hanhikivi I nuclear facility will be equipped with a 1.2GW AES-2006 PWR, which will have a maximum thermal capacity of 3.2GW.

It will be located in the coastal municipality of Pyhäjoki in Northern Ostrobothnia.