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Kola MMC prepares for construction of copper refining plant

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Kola MMC has begun preparing a site for the construction of a new copper refining plant in Monchegorsk. The builders will have to demolish 78 000 m3 of the foundations of old buildings and structures.

The new copper refining plant at the company's Monchegorsk industrial site will be located on the territory of the former Smelting Shop, which was closed in 1998. Now the remaining structures are being dismantled here.

It is planned to complete the site clearance for the new copper refining plant in the summer of 2022, after which the construction of the workshop will begin. The design of a new production has already begun, procedures are underway to select a contractor for construction and commissioning.

For Norilsk Nickel, this project is part of a strategy to modernise and replace obsolete and environmentally friendly technologies. One of its stages was the closure in March 2021 of the Metallurgical Shop of the Kola MMC.

The new copper production in Monchegorsk will operate according to the modern ‘roasting – leaching – electric extraction’ technology with minimal environmental impact. The extraction of sulfur into acid will be at least 99.5%; the production will use a closed closed water circulation system.

The construction of the new production is planned to be completed in 2025. Its capacity is 150 000 tpy of copper. More than 1000 employees will work here.

Nornickel's investments in the project are estimated at RUB 106 billion.

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