As the world’s first foreign television crew, the Hír TV team was able to film at Russian Rosatom’s top-secret Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power station, whose technology could solve the world’s energy problems. The unique and exclusive adventure will be shown on Sunday evening after 8 pm, Magyar Nemzet reports.
Reporter Viktor Kázmér and cameraman Tibor Molnár traveled more than 30,000 kilometers in eight days to reach Pevek, Russia’s Arctic port town, to film the world’s first and only commercially-operated small modular nuclear power plant. The floating power station has been the subject of many articles, but no foreign journalist or television crew has ever been allowed on board.
The documentary is set in Chukotka, known as ‘the realm of ice.’ As Kázmér says, such an opportunity comes only once in a reporter’s life. “We traveled a lot, sometimes we did not even know what time zone we were in, but every moment was worth it. You do not really get these experiences as a civilian.” As he pointed out,
they had the chance to visit a special and remote place, where a Hungarian has maybe never been before.
The town of Pevek currently has less than 5,000 inhabitants, and the only employment is in mining gold and other non-ferrous and precious metals. Cameraman Tibor Molnár said he was struck by the stark contrast between life beyond the Arctic Circle and life in Europe. “The trip to Pevek was a shock for me, because far from home, in the middle of nowhere, we were able to see a facility that for many people means life or even livelihood.
One thing is for sure: being beyond the Arctic Circle is a testing place for man and machine, but the nuclear power plant is an excellent way of helping to keep everyone warm and to provide electricity, making life easier. I am glad to have been part of this unforgettable adventure,”
The floating nuclear power plant, of which four more are to be built in the future, will open new mines, creating jobs for local residents and workers from other parts of Russia on three-month shifts. Rosatom is also partly financing local education.
The documentary titled “Nuclear Adventure in Siberia” starts on Sunday evening at 8:10 pm on Hír TV.