Three people die in partial collapse of Nornickel’s Arctic processing plant
Monday, February 22nd, 2021
The Arctic environment and production security at Nornickel’s assets have been in the spotlight since a major fuel leak at its power plant near the city of Norilsk and a list of smaller accidents in 2020.
“This accident shows that apparently these efforts are not enough, and we, accepting responsibility for what happened, will tighten requirements for industrial safety and for the people who are responsible for it,” Vladimir Potanin, Nornickel CEO and the largest shareholder, said on Saturday.
An ore-loading section of the plant collapsed early on Saturday, likely due to violations of safety rules during renovation work to reinforce the building’s structure, Nornickel said. The plant’s head had been suspended from his post.
Earlier this month, Nornickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and a leading producer of nickel, was fined $2-billion for the damage caused by the major fuel spill last year.