MOSCOW, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Russian mining giant Nornickel
has extracted additional metals from waste products as
part of new technology it tested to support its 2021 output from
its Arctic mines that were hit by flooding, it said on Tuesday.
The world's largest producer of palladium and high-grade
nickel reduced its 2021 output forecast after two of its mines
stopped production for several months this year due to
underground flooding. Its profit, however has so far been
supported by higher metals prices.
"In the first half of 2021, with ore mining limited ... it
became necessary to additionally load the production capacity,"
Nornickel said in a statement.
The metals - 200 tonnes of nickel, 50 tonnes of
copper, 80 kg of platinum group metals , 2
kg of gold, and 44 kg of silver - were extracted
last month from low-nickel pyrrhotite product.
It is essentially a waste material left after the main cycle
at an ore-processing plant.
"The new technology makes it possible to significantly
increase the recovery of metals (from pyrrhotite product),"
While Nornickel continues to refine the new technical
solution, it is unclear how much of such waste products the
company has around its long-running industrial assets and what
portion of it the miner would be willing to try to extract more
The first nickel plant near the Arctic city of Norilsk was
built in 1930s.
(Reporting by Polina Devitt;
Editing by Bernadette Baum)