Copper melting stopped on Kola peninsula
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Copper melting stopped on Kola peninsula

March 03, 2021

The last bottling of copper anodes was made on March 1, and the day before, reverberatory furnaces and converters were shut down.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Copper smelting production of the Kola MMC was established in 1979, during that time the shop produced more than three million tons of anode copper and about 2.5 million tons of cathode copper.

All the concentrate that was processed in the metallurgical shop will be sent for the production of finished products to the Nornickel Polar division.

Dismantling of production facilities and buildings will begin in 2022

The metallurgical workshop of the Kola MMC in Monchegorsk is an outdated division of the company in terms of environmental requirements. Its closure is another Nornickel’s step in reducing the impact on the environment at all production sites. Previously, the company closed large obsolete production facilities: the Nickel plant in Norilsk in 2016 and the smelter in the village of Nickel in 2020.

Taken together, the shutdown of the Kola MMC smelting production in the village of Nickel and the metallurgical shop in Monchegorsk will lead to a decrease in sulfur dioxide emissions on the Kola peninsula by 85 percent this year compared to 2015.

Text: Maria Sokolova, Photo: nornickel.ru

March 03, 2021

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