Russian scientists embark on second Great Norilsk Expedition

In 2021, a group of scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences will continue last year’s comprehensive studies of the area’s environmental condition and change profile. This will provide a basis for implementing sustainable practices to be used by industrial companies in the Russian Arctic. The expedition will be carried out as a result of the agreement made between the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and NornickelPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary in 2020.

As noted by Andrey Grachev, Nornickel Vice President for Federal and Regional Programmes, the Great Norilsk Expedition has contributed to the formulation of the company’s new environmental strategy. “The most important thing about this initiative is that it has allowed a reasonable assessment of the current environmental situation and initiated new approaches to doing business in the Arctic,” said Mr Grachev, expressing his confidence that the findings of the Great Norilsk Expedition in 2021 would not be inferior to those of the last year in terms of volume and significance.

Nikolay Yurkevich, who is leading the field stage of the expedition, commented that in 2021, expedition teams would include specialists from the same subject areas and 11 research institutes of Norilsk, Yakutsk, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk and Barnaul as last year. “It is proposed to split the work into three stages. During Stage 1, we are going to focus on hydrocarbon content in flood water. We will then study the condition of soils and bottom deposits before the planned remediation work is started in this area. Stage 3 activities will comprise an assessment of the efficiency of clean-up and residual risks analysis.”

Following last year’s programme, the research will be mostly focused on surface water, soils and bottom deposits, plants and animals, and permafrost soils. Over the six months (from June to November), the expedition routes are planned to cover the surface watercourses, such as the rivers Daldykan, Ambarnaya, Pyasina, Lake Pyasino, and background territories.

“The academic approach to field studies is distinguished by in-depth analysis, rigour and consistent usage of experimental techniques,” stressed Valentin Parmon, Academician, Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Chairman of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, once again acting as the scientific supervisor of the Great Norilsk Expedition. “The Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences is characterised by its comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach, where specialists in various fields, from geophysics, hydrochemistry and geochemistry to permafrost and soil studies, and biological disciplines, use their findings not only as mutually supplementary data, but also as an instrument helping see the bigger picture. Unlike the previous year, this bigger picture will be not only reflected in detailed reports, but in a digital model of Taimyr areas and water bodies. I am positive that the integrated field team of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences will fully accomplish the challenging tasks it is facing.”

Main expedition participants:

  • Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk);
  • Sobolev Institute of Geology and MineA mining location for the extraction of ores.Go to the glossaryralogy of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk);
  • Institute of Soil Science and Agrochemistry of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk);
  • Central Siberian Botanical Garden of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Novosibirsk);
  • Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (Krasnoyarsk);
  • Sukachev Institute of Forest of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Krasnoyarsk);
  • Institute of Biophysics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Krasnoyarsk);
  • Oil & Gas Research Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Yakutsk);
  • Research Institute of Agriculture and Ecology of the Arctic (Norilsk);
  • Institute of Petroleum Chemistry of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Tomsk);
  • Institute for Water and Environmental Problems of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Barnaul).

ABOUT THE SIBERIAN BRANCH OF RASRussian Accounting StandardsGo to the glossary
The Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in 1957 and is the organisation’s largest regional unit. Scientific centres and institutes of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences are located in Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Yakutsk, Ulan-Ude, Kemerovo, Tyumen, Omsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Kyzyl, Chita, Norilsk, Abakan, and other cities.

The Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences provides scientific and methodological supervision of 86 research institutions. Research areas include mathematics and informatics, energy, mechanics, management processes, nanotechnology and IT, physics, chemistry, earth sciences, economy and humanities, medicine and agriculture, as well as interdisciplinary research. About half of the Branch capabilities are focused at the Novosibirsk Scientific Centre. Academician Valentin Parmon is the Chairman of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

ABOUT NORNICKEL
MMCMining and Metallurgical CompanyGo to the glossary Norilsk Nickel is a diversified mining and metallurgical company, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel, and a major producer of platinum, cobalt, copper and rhodium. The company also produces silver, gold, iridium, ruthenium, selenium, tellurium, sulphur, and other products.

Production units of Norilsk Nickel GroupPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary are located in the Norilsk Industrial District, on the Kola Peninsula and in the Trans-Baikal Territory in Russia as well as in Finland and South Africa.

MMC Norilsk Nickel shares are listed on the Moscow and Saint-Petersburg stock exchanges; the company’s ADRAmerican Depositary Receipt; a security representing partial ownership in deposited securities of a foreign company certified by receipts issued by a US depositary bankGo to the glossarys are traded over the counter in the US, and on the London, Berlin and Frankfurt stock exchanges.

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