Nornickel unveils a plan to improve safety at its facilities

NornickelPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary has developed a detailed action plan to improve industrial safety at the CompanyPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel"Go to the glossary’s facilities. The document was presented to Rostechnadzor’s executives (Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision) on 24 July.

“We drew up a detailed plan in order to demonstrate the Company’s intention to cooperate more closely with the regulator. The initiatives the plan announces will improve occupational safety, protect people’s lives and health, minimise accidents and injuries,” said Sergey Dyachenko, Nornickel’s First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

The plan was presented at a Rostekhnadzor meeting. During the event, the heads of the department made recommendations and commented on the document. “In addition to investing in modernisation, the plan, if implemented rigorously, entails quite ambitious measures. It is necessary to put this plan into action immediately, paying special attention to measures aimed specifically at preventing the recurrence of such accidents in the future,” said the Rostekhnadzor head Alexey Alyoshin following the discussion.

Specifically, the plan provides for an industrial safety check-up at Nornickel’s production facilities, and introduces a remote control and monitoring system at the Company’s sites. In the near term, a dedicated working group will be set up to develop the statement of work and select a facility to pilot the system.

We pay special attention to the condition of permafrost and plan to introduce a systematic monitoring of permafrost areas to see how they are affected by climatic fluctuations in the Norilsk Industrial District. Among other things, as part of the geotechnical monitoring system for foundations and supporting structures of industrial facilities in the sector, we will make early forecasts for the condition of permafrost areas by means of cutting-edge, high-tech geophysical, geodetic and aerospace observation methods.