Improvement of environmental conditions across Russian operations and globally
–75% target reduction of SO2 emissions in the Norilsk Industrial District by 2023
–50% target reduction of SO2 emissions in the settlement of Nickel by 2019
We are launching the second stage of our environmental programme, the Sulphur Project, on a scale that is unprecedented not only in Russia but worldwide.”Vladimir Potanin
Environmental programme 2.0
Cut emissions near the Norwegian border by 50%
Optimise the smelting shop capacity utilisation rates in the settlement of Nickel by separating the concentrate produced at Kola Concentrator
Cut sulphur dioxide emissions by 75% (against 2015) by 2023 leveraging the most effective technological solutionThe programme includes two stages
Stage 1 was completed in 2016 as a reconfiguration programme and included upgrading concentration and metallurgical capacities and shutting down Nickel Plant, the oldest and least environmentally friendly site in the Norilsk region, to substantially reduce emissions in the residential area of Norilsk. At present, the Company is working to achieve Stage 2 goals.
Goals (Stage 2)Copper plant
- Reconstruct copper production chain, including the shutdown of environmentally harmful conversion operations
- Expand and upgrade the existing sulphur production
- Launch a new continuous copper matte converting facility
- Implement a comprehensive SO2 capture solution including production of sulphuric acid and its subsequent neutralisation with natural limestone
More details on the Sulphur Project see in section.