#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The White Paper was prepared as the official position of Nornickel on the accident at CHPP-3 that occurred a year ago. The document is addressed to a wide range of stakeholders.
The White Paper tells about the causes of the fuel spill incident, measures taken to eliminate the consequences of the accident, compensatory measures and organizational changes that followed at Nornickel.
“Our company has always considered environmental and industrial safety issues as unconditional priorities and strived to be the leader of the Russian mining industry in terms of the scale of environmental and sustainable development programs. Despite this, the fuel spill incident that occurred in May 2020 at CHPP-3 of the Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company pointed out to us that previous efforts were insufficient. The age of the fixed assets of the fuel and energy infrastructure, the newly emerging risks, including those associated with thawing of soils in the zone of permafrost, pose new challenges for Nornickel. The future of the company largely depends on how decisive and effective our response to these challenges is”, says Vladimir Potanin, president of Nornickel in his opening speech to the White Paper.
He added that the first priority was to eliminate the consequences of the accident – collecting diesel fuel and preventing large-scale pollution:
“The company has coped with this task. I would like to thank the employees of Nornickel, the rescuers of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, specialists of the Marine Rescue Service, Slavneft, Transneft, LafargeHolcim, Neftetanka, NPF Polytechnika, the Centrospas detachment and other companies, government departments, as well as volunteers, whose well-coordinated and highly professional work, carried out around the clock in difficult natural and climatic conditions, made it possible to prevent a major environmental disaster in the Arctic.
The White Paper of Nornickel was published in the public domain, it can be downloaded here.
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Text: Ekaterina Maximova, Maria Sokolova