Nornickel announces flagship environmental project status

Nornickel announces flagship environmental project status

September 15, 2021

Nornickel is building facilities for the Sulfur Program - flagship environmental project at the Nadezhda Metallurgical plant.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Sulfur Program is a large-scale environmental initiative that has no analogues in the world, which is being implemented in the Norilsk division of the company. It involves the emission capture units launch at the Nadezhda Metallurgical and Copper plants.

The total cost of the project, which includes installations for capturing and utilizing sulfur dioxide at two plants, is estimated at over 300 billion rubles. Since the beginning of 2021, more than ten billion rubles have been spent on the project.

The Sulfur Program technology includes the intermediate production of sulfuric acid with a high degree of sulfur dioxide utilization. It is the most proven and efficient way to recycle sulfur dioxide in metallurgy. The technology makes it possible to capture more than 99 percent of the gas from the units where it is installed”, the company explained.

More than eight thousand tons of metal structures have already been installed at NMP, more than 35 thousand square meters of concrete work have been completed. The construction of the future gypsum storage is underway, where it is planned to place the resulting product, as close as possible in characteristics to natural gypsum. The plant is simultaneously constructing 15 project objects, including a sulfuric acid production site, a sulfuric acid warehouse, a limestone receiving and crushing building, a limestone milk preparation building and a sulfuric acid neutralization building.

 The Sulfur Program will allow the company after 2023 to achieve a 45 percent reduction in sulfur dioxide emissions in Norilsk compared to 2015, and by 2025 – by almost 90 percent.

Until 2030, Nornickel will allocate more than 6 billion US dollars for the implementation of environmental projects, which is 440 billion rubles.

In addition to reducing sulfur dioxide emissions, the company’s environmental program includes projects for waste collection and land reclamation in the Norilsk industrial region, construction of treatment facilities and ensuring safe waste management.

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September 15, 2021

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