Annual
Report 2015

key investment projects ru

Reconfiguration of processing capacities

The reconfiguration exercise seeks to achieve economies of scale and mitigate the environmental impact

Development of the concentration and smelting capacities is in line with the approved reconfiguration programme
Development of ;the concentration and smelting capacities is in line with the approved reconfiguration programme
  • Maintain existing production capacities
  • Bring down production costs and increase recovery rates
  • Mitigate load on energy infrastructure of the Norilsk Industrial District
  • Reduce SO2 emissions by 15% on the back of the concentrator upgrade and the Nickel Plant shutdown
  • Achieve a significant drop in ground-level concentrations of pollutants and shorten the duration of air pollution periods in Norilsk’s Central District
JANUARY 2015 MARCH 2016 APRIL 2016 MAY 2016
Completed stage 1 of the Talnakh Concentrator upgrade programme
(on time and as per the approved budget)
Completed the reconstruction of Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant to be used as a single nickel feedstock smelting facility
(on time and as per the approved budget)
Suspended operations at Sintering Shop and three of the four Smelting Shop’s furnaces
(on time and as per the approved budget)
Completed stage 2 (one of the key reconfiguration projects) of the Talnakh Concentrator upgrade programme (on time and as per the approved budget)
Impact:
  • Increase in the nickel recovery rates due to the reconstruction of the flotation circuit
Impact:
  • Enhancement of processing capacities to 2.4 mt
  • Optimisation of smelting capacity utilisation rates in view of the Nickel Plant shutdown
Impact of the shutdown:
  • Optimisation of the Company’s production capacity utilisation rates
  • Environmental benefits: a 15% decrease in sulphur dioxide emissions in the Norilsk Industrial District starting from 2017
Impact:
  • Enhancement of the plant capacities to 10.0 mt
  • Improvements in concentrate quality from 8.6% to 13.5%