Norilsk could become the official capital of Russia in the Arctic
The city was built from the mid-1930s by Norillag prisoners forced to work in copper and nickel mining and metallurgical factories under harsh climatic conditions. In recent years, Norilsk is mainly famous for its devastating environmental situation with huge air pollution and oil spill in tundra river systems.
Norilsk is part of the Krasnoyarsk Krai, which Governor Aleksandr Uss is now proposing to obtain official status as the Arctic Capital of Russia.
His proposal is part of a larger strategic plan, which is expected to be completed in the coming months. The main objective of the plan is to develop Norilsk. Once the plan is in place, the governor and his team are expected to present the plan to President Vladimir Putin.
An “arctic power station” is one of the words used by Governor Uss when describing what could happen to the town on the northern tundra of the Taimyr Peninsula.
“We need to create the most flexible development plan and offer a choice of directions for the city’s development, which will shape Norilsk’s ability to adapt to new challenges and at the same time allow the city to preserve its uniqueness. “Aleksandr Uss told reporters. Prospekt Mira exit.
A strategic plan for this goal will soon be sent to President Putin.
The economic budget for the project is estimated at 120 billion rubles. However, Uss estimates that the sum provided by regional authorities must be increased to 270 billion rubles to secure Norilsk the title of arctic capital of Russia.
After hearing about the “ underfunding ” of the project, Vladimir Potanin, NorNickel’s largest shareholder, decided the company would fund the remaining 150 billion rubles to ensure Norilsk becomes the capital of the Russian Arctic. The fact that Norilsk Nickel, one of the world’s largest producers of palladium, nickel, platinum and copper, is one of the main funders of the project could cause the company to wait for support from the region in return.
Earlier this spring, Nornickel’s board of directors approved a new environmental strategy with investments of $ 5.5 billion, of which $ 3.6 billion is for air pollution reduction measures, while the remainder includes measures for the protection of water resources and industrial minimization. waste.
The most important is the sulfur program in Norilsk, which, with new installations, will reduce SO2 emissions by up to 95%, the company reports.
Nornickel is the world’s largest producer of nickel and a major supplier of copper and palladium, all of which are important metals in the world’s transition to a greener economy.
The title of Russian Arctic capital will not come to Norilsk without competition.
Arkhangelsk and Murmansk are fighting for the title. Arkhangelsk has announced itself as “Russia’s gateway to the Arctic”, while Murmansk has claimed to be both the capital and the “gateway to the Russian Arctic”.
Now that Norilsk has joined the race, the arctic intercity competition is intensifying. Being considered the capital of the region is a prestigious title that can contribute to both flourishing tourism and increased business investment.
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