Digital Nornikel 2019

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About Nornickel Group

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Norilsk Nickel Group is Russia’s leading metals and mining company, the world’s largest producer of palladium and refined nickel, and one of the biggest producers of platinum, copper and cobalt.

Nornickel’s core operations include prospecting, exploration, mining, concentration and processing of minerals along with the production, and sales of non-ferrous and precious metals. The Group’s products are supplied to more than 30 countries across the world.

Nornickel’s products

Nornickel’s contribution to the national economy in 2019

Nornickel is the largest industrial player in the Russian Arctic. Around 60,000 of the Group’s employees permanently reside and work beyond the Arctic Circle.



Production units of the Group are located in three countries – Russia, Finland and South Africa*.

Its core businesses are based in Russia and have a vertically integrated structure. The main production sites in Russia are:

  • Polar Division of MMC Norilsk Nickel (“Polar Division”);
  • Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company (“Kola MMC”);
  • Bystrinsky Mining and Processing Plant (“Bystrinsky GOK”), which had entered the pre- commissioning stage in 2017 and was approved for commissioning in 2019.

The Company’s Polar Division, its key resource asset, is located on the Taimyr Peninsula (Krasnoyarsk Territory) beyond the Arctic Circle. It is linked to other regions by inland waterways (the Yenisey River), marine transport (the Northern Sea Route) and air transport.

Kola MMC is located on the Kola Peninsula beyond the Arctic Circle. It is the Company’s key nickel refinery and the leading industrial facility of the Murmansk Region completely integrated into the transport infrastructure of the Northwestern Federal District.

Bystrinsky GOK is located in the Gazimuro-Zavodsky District of the Trans-Baikal Territory and is linked to other regions by rail.

In Finland, the Group operates Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta processing Nornickel’s Russian and third parties’ feedstock.

In South Africa, the Company owns 50% of Nkomati, a nickel mine developed jointly with African Rainbow Minerals.

Nornickel runs a global network of representative and sales offices in Russia, China, the USA, and Switzerland.

In addition to geology, energy, logistics, and support businesses, the Group comprises Gipronickel Institute, an R&D facility based in St Petersburg with branches in Norilsk and Monchegorsk.

In total, the Group counts over 80 companies.

Core companies and business units

Production chart

Key social and environmental projects