Norilsk Nickel actively combats sulphur dioxide emissions in the regions of its operations. It is essential for the company to decrease the level of such emissions as they have a huge impact on the environment and people’s health.

Nornickel sets environmental protection as one of its main goals and implements diverse projects devoted to nature preservation on various levels.

This article will overview the activities of the leading giant that aimed at the reduction of SO2 emissions and explain why it is important to pay attention to air protection.

Norilsk Sulphur Dioxide Emissions Level Decreases Annually

Norilsk Nickel has lots of drafts that are devoted to environmental protection on all the levels. The company takes care of:

  • waste management
  • efficient natural resources usage
  • biodiversity conservation
  • air and water protection
  • climate change problems

It provides financial assistance for various drafts and participates in different international projects and campaigns the main aim of which is nature preservation.

Recently, a massive diesel fuel spill caused by the melting permafrost happened in Norilsk. Nornickel is the one that is blamed for this incident though it has nothing to do with it. Norilsk Nickel asked ERM for a transparent investigation to show that it is not in charge of the tragedy. However, Nornickel decided not to waste time and started clean-up works immediately. It covers all the expenses and the damage is estimated at RUB21.4BN.

It also participates in the BASF project in Finland and takes part in the Great Norilsk expedition.

However, one of the main projects in the sphere of air protection led by the company now is the Sulphur project.

It has several stages and it is estimated that by the end of 2025 the expenses will be about $3,5BN.

The Sulphur Project. Its Main Points and Goals

As mentioned above, Norilsk suffers from sulphur dioxide emissions as all the industrial cities do. Norilsk Nickel has implemented the Sulphur project the main aim of which is to decrease the level of such emissions in the region.

The first phase of the project that included:

  • Talnakh concentrator and Nadezhda plant upgrade and expansion
  • Nickel plant shutdown

has been already completed and shows great results as SO2 emissions in the Norilsk residential area reduced by 30%.

      It also resulted in:

  • elimination of 600 sources of air pollution
  • total reduction of SO2 emissions in the Polar Division by 15%
  • a shutdown of two wastewater discharge points

However, Norilsk Nickel continues combating sulphur dioxide emissions and sets future goals for sustainable development of the industrial production minimizing the harm it brings to the atmosphere.

Norilsk Nickel has already signed the contract with STEP, and in cooperation with this international organization, it will complete a sulphuric acid neutralization project at Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant. 

This part of the project is planned to be finished by the end of 2022 and should result in the reduction of sulphur dioxide emissions in Norilsk by at least 45% vs 2015.

STEP is in charge of the construction of main project facilities and it has been working with Norilsk Nickel since 2014.

Although the Sulphur project is time and money consuming, it plays a huge role not only for Norilsk but also for the global environment as it helps to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions that are really dangerous for the atmosphere.

Why it is Important to Reduce Sulphur Dioxide Emissions

It is known that SO2 emissions are really harmful to people and the environment. This colorless gas with terrific odor is usually produced by fossil fuel combustion and natural volcanic activity.

Norilsk suffers from sulphur dioxide emissions as it is an industrial city with lots of factories. However, this city is lucky as Norilsk Nickel actively combats sulphur dioxide emissions, as this industrial giant understands how dangerous such emissions are.

SO2 emissions have a bad impact on:

  • skin
  • nose
  • eyes
  •  lungs
  • throat

It affects those who suffer from lung diseases, heart problems, children, pregnant women, older adults and those who prefer to exercise outside.

Moreover, the gas can react with other chemicals and appear as precipitations that are really dangerous for the respiratory system as small  particles can get into the lungs and lead to:

  • problems with throat
  • breathing difficulties
  • asthma attacks
  • worsening of heart diseases

It is stated that the risks can be eliminated if people choose to stay indoors when the level of emissions is high. However, it is wise not to escape the problem but find ways to solve it.

That is why Norilsk Nickel reduces sulphur dioxide emissions annually and implements diverse projects devoted to air protection. It takes such measures as:

  • modernization of existing equipment and facilities
  • implementation of conversion technologies
  • redirection of emissions from low-height sources to flue-gas stacks
  • construction of a sulphur recovery unit at Nadezhda Plant

Nornickel spends lots of money on ecological projects and does its utmost in order to reduce carbon footprint not only locally but also on the global level.

All in all, environmental issues are the ones that people mostly pay attention to nowadays. Humanity understands that if we keep ignoring all the ecological problems it will be difficult to save the world.

Some huge corporations such as Norilsk Nickel take care of nature and implement diverse projects devoted to environmental protection.

Norilsk has a huge reduction in sulphur dioxide emissions level due to the measures taken during the Sulphur project. It shows that it is possible to eliminate the consequences of industrial production and contribute to both the environmental preservation and sustainable development of huge industrial corporations.

Norilsk Nickel plans to combat sulphur dioxide emissions not only locally but also globally and that is why it continues to develop the Sulphur project the aim of which is to decrease the level of emissions dramatically by the end of 2025. Nornickel notes that environmental protection is one of its main goals and that is why it will continue implementing more drafts devoted to nature preservation in the future.