Taimyr Peninsula

About the asset

Polar Division is NornickelPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary’s key production asset located on the Taimyr Peninsula (beyond the Arctic Circle at 69° N).


Employees working on the premises of the CompanyPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel"Go to the glossary’s division

56,757 people

MineA mining location for the extraction of ores.Go to the glossaryral resource base

Measured and indicated copper-nickel mineral resources

22.3 mt of copper
12.0 mt of nickel
+ 1,719 mt of ore

Geological exploration

The Company continues geological exploration in the region, including at the Maslovskoye Field, one of the largest disseminated platinum-copper-nickel ore deposits globally. Follow-up exploration of rich and cuprous ores spans the licence blocks within the Oktyabrskoye and Talnakhskoye Fields. In 2016, the Company appraised the deposits of industrial limestone in the Verkhne-Tomulakhskaya Area of the Norilsk Industrial District, prospected for sulphide ores in the Lebyazhninskaya, Razvedochnaya, Mogenskaya, Khalilskaya, Nizhne-Khalilskaya and Nirungdinskaya Areas of the Norilsk Industrial District, and completed exploration at the shaft pillar of the Norilsk-1 Field.

Mining assets

Polar Division includes the Company’s largest mining assets: copper-nickel sulphide ore deposits of the Talnakhskoye and Oktyabrskoye Fields (the Talnakh OreNatural minerals containing metals or their compounds in economically valuable amounts and forms.Go to the glossary Cluster) and the Norilsk-1 Field (part of the Norilsk Ore Cluster). The Talnakhskoye and Oktyabrskoye Fields are developed by Taimyrsky, Oktyabrsky, Komsomolsky (including Komsomolskaya and Skalistaya Mines) and Mayak Mines.

ConcentrationArtificial improvement of metallurgical feedstock mineral grades by removing a major portion of waste rock not containing any valuable minerals.Go to the glossary facilities

All produced ore is processed at Talnakh and Norilsk Concentrators. Talnakh Concentrator processes rich and cuprous ores from the Oktyabrskoye and Talnakhskoye Fields to produce nickel, copper and pyrrhotite concentrates. Norilsk Concentrator is responsible for processing all disseminated and cuprous ores from the Oktyabrskoye and Talnakhskoye Fields to produce nickel and copper concentrates.

SmeltingA pyrometallurgical process performed at high temperatures enabling the complete melting down of the processed material.Go to the glossary facilities

Thickened concentrates are transported via a pipeline from Talnakh and Norilsk Concentrators to Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant and Copper Plant for further processing. Nickel Plant was shut down in 2016 as part of a large-scale production capacity reconfiguration programme, with all nickel now being refined at Kola MMCMining and Metallurgical CompanyGo to the glossary and Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta (Finland).

Polar Division highlights

Mineral resource base
Measured and indicated copper-nickel mineral resources, mt of ore 1,719
Ni, mt 12.0
Cu, mt 22.3
PGMPlatinum group metals taken as a whole or in any combination of platinum, palladium, rhodium, ruthenium, osmium and iridiumGo to the glossary, kt 8.2 (ca. 262.7 m oz t)
Ore mined
Total ore mined, mt 17.2
Metals recovery in concentration, %
Ni 77.1
Cu 94.2
PGM 77.7
Metals recovery in smelting, %
Ni 93.4
Cu 94.1
PGM 95.0
Metals output
Ni, t 50,860
Cu, t 280,347
Pd, koz t 1,703
Pt, koz t 449