Norilsk experience to be replicated in Arctic and Far East cities

Norilsk experience to be replicated in Arctic and Far East cities

December 12, 2023

The Ministry for Russian Far East Development and relevant ministries have begun to make plans for the northern territories’ development.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Russian government approved a list of strongholds in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, and the relevant ministries began system planning for the development of these cities. They will become a long-term roadmap for improving the quality of people’s life when implementing global projects in the Arctic. Thus, on behalf of the country president, work continues on the renovation of cities in the Far East and the Arctic.

“For me, this trip is very important in terms of getting acquainted with the experience of Norilsk, which took this road before anyone else. We started this work together, with the active participation of the Government chairman and the Federation Council, an agreement and plan for the socio-economic development of Norilsk were signed in 2021. I’m here to see what best practices can be applied”, said Alexey Chekunkov, head of the Ministry for the Far East and Arctic Development, during a working trip to Norilsk.

A special role in this project is assigned to public-private partnerships. Many Arctic cities have strong enterprises that take an active part in the long-term development of their territories. An important aspect of the plan is the application and development of construction technologies on permafrost and life in the North in general. According to the most conservative estimates, two-thirds of Russia’s territory is located in permafrost areas, which are also home to colossal mineral reserves – oil, gas, diamonds and other riches.

Everything that the Russian Arctic can give to the world is possible only if a normal quality of life is created for people in these areas. The solutions that Norilsk applies when constructing new facilities will serve as a model, an example both in working with permafrost soils and in developing mechanisms for public-private partnerships, digitalization, development of the social environment, and transport. In this sense, an indicative example is the arrangement of warm stops in Norilsk, which, according to the minister, should be replicated in other northern cities.

“I would like to express my gratitude to Nornickel for the fact that the company does not share the interests of the city and the combine and understands that Norilsk is Nornickel. We see that this work is being carried out today at a decent level, and on the part of the government we will continue to take an active part in this activity, replicating the Norilsk experience in the Arctic and the Far East”, said Alexey Chekunkov during his visit to Norilsk.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, photo: Nikolay Shchipko

December 12, 2023

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