The tender was first posted in February 2011, and 27 different companies applied for the contract. Upon review, three companies made it to the final group – OJSC Giprogazootchistka, Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd., and Techint. The project proposals were judged on the reliability of suggested technological solutions, turnkey deadlines, warranties and prices.
The project is part of an ongoing effort to gradually decrease air emissions from the company’s metallurgical production facilities located in Norilsk. A key part of the plan is to process and utilize sulfur dioxide emissions at the company’s Polar Division Copper Plant and Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant. Once implemented, the project is expected to capture 95 percent of all sulfur dioxide emissions, resulting in a dramatic decrease of harmful emissions.
Norilsk Nickel is the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium. The company’s key production units are located at the Polar and Kola peninsulas.