Russian Norilsk Nickel to reduce output this year

Bystrinsky mining and processing plant, which is part of Norilsk Nickel. Photo: Arman Engineering

The Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel has officially presented a plan to eliminate the consequences of the accident at the Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky mines, which were flooded in February.


As part of the company’s plans, production should be fully restored within 3-4 months, while the company will take additional measures to avoid such accidents in the future.


Due to the accident, the company will revise its production program for 2021 downwards. That will lead to the decline of production of platinum group metals by 22 tonnes, nickel by 35,000 tonnes and 65,000 tonnes in the case of copper. The final loss of production volumes will be estimated later - based on the results of the work.


On February 24 Norilsk Nickel had suspended the production at the Polar Division branch, which consists of two interconnected mines. These mines provide about half of the company's annual production.


According to Norilsk Nickel, partial suspension was related to the inflow of groundwater into the Oktyabrsky mine, which was recorded on February 12 during mining operations. Works were partially suspended at the neighboring Taimyrsky mine.


By: Eugen Gerden