Nornickel is carrying out the first phase of a major programme to clean up industrial and construction waste in the world’s northernmost city of Norilsk. The company is investing a total of RUB 40 bn over 10 years in the programme.
The programme includes the demolition of old abandoned buildings and structures, pipelines, utility lines and networks, and the removal of scrap metal accumulated around industrial sites. It will affect all areas of the city of Norilsk and its territories.
Since early summer, the company’s specialists have cleaned up the area of over 300,000 square meters of waste and old equipment, an area equivalent to 56 football pitches. By winter, the specially set up landscaping company will have cleared a total of around 6 million square metres.
To date, about 125 thousand square metres of areas adjacent to the elemental sulphur production unit under construction at the Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant have been cleaned. The Company has also cleaned more than 22 thousand square metres of land in the area of the former motor transport factory, which was unofficially called “Stroybaza Nadezhda”. The main networks and industrial areas of CHPP № 1 and CHPP № 3 on the area of 161.2 thousand square meters were cleaned from debris.
In the course of landscaping works 45 dilapidated buildings and structures were dismantled. Specialists extracted, collected and removed 47.1 kt of waste and 3.1 kt of scrap metal.
The Polar Division received 72 units of specialised machinery for cleaning and landscaping operations. Another 49 vehicles are expected to arrive. The company has spent over RUB 3.4 billion on purchasing special-purpose machinery alone.
Nikolay Utkin, Nornickel Senior Vice President and Head of the Norilsk Division commented: “The programme for cleaning and improvement of production areas worth about RUR 40 billion is already yielding first results — within a few months we have cleaned up over 300 thousand square meters and removed 50 thousand tonnes of waste and scrap metal. Considering the scale of the activities, they involve not only specialists from Nornickel’s landscaping division, but also contractors. We plan to work all year round: in summer, the efforts will be focused mainly on waste and scrap metal removal, and in winter on the dismantling of dilapidated and unused buildings, as well as recycling scrap metal.”