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.
Polar Division includes the Company’s largest mining assets: copper-nickel sulphide ore deposits of the Talnakhskoye and Oktyabrskoye Fields (the Talnakh Ore 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.
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.
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 MMC and Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta (Finland).
Polar Division highlights
|Mineral resource base|
|Measured and indicated copper-nickel mineral resources, mt of ore||1,719|
|PGM, kt||8.2 (ca. 262.7 m oz t)|
|Total ore mined, mt||17.2|
|Metals recovery in concentration, %|
|Metals recovery in smelting, %|
|Pd, koz t||1,703|
|Pt, koz t||449|