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Palladium/Platinum mining, Taymyr, Arctic Russia

On the remote Arctic tundra, another big project for the production of precious metals -palladium and platinum. Yet, Indigenous activists call to protect the environment and consult communities regarding mining projects.


Yet another mega project is planned in the Arctic. Naemly, the Palladium project, which involves development of several platinum-group metal deposits [1] [2]. Agreed in 2018 between Russian Platinum and Norilsk Nickel, the new project will be launched in 2024 [1] [7]. 

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Palladium/Platinum mining, Taymyr, Arctic Russia
Country:Russian Federation
State or province:Krasnoyarsk Krai
Location of conflict:Norilsk, Taimyr Penninsula
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Mineral ore exploration
Specific commodities:Rare metals
Ruthenium, Rhodium, Palladium, Osmium, Iridium, and Platinum, Nickel
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The joint venture of "Norilsk Nickel" and "Russian Platinum" aims to create one of the world's largest producers of platinum group metals (IPY) with a target production volume of 70-100 tons of platinum group metals per year.

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Level of Investment:15,000,000,000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:1,700
Start of the conflict:01/01/2020
Company names or state enterprises:Norilsk Nickel from Russian Federation
Russian Platinum from Russian Federation
Relevant government actors:The Russian government
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:-Batani
-Ecology Russia
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Evenki and Dolgan
Forms of mobilization:Boycotts of official procedures/non-participation in official processes
Development of a network/collective action
Shareholder/financial activism.
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Global warming, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Potential: Fires, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsVisible: Occupational disease and accidents, Other environmental related diseases, Other Health impacts
Other Health impactsRespiratory diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/sense of place, Violations of human rights
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession
Project StatusUnder construction
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Criminalization of activists
Under negotiation
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Not yet qualified as a an environmental justice success. Although consultations with local Indigenous peoples apparently took place and environmental Impact studies are taking place regarding Tymyr peninsula, the success of this new "greening" business is yet to be proved, especially regarding Nornickel company and the Russian government put the Batani organisation on the list of "foreign agent" . Also, Batani activists stated that no proper consultations was ever done with Indigenous groups.
Sources & Materials

[12] Barents Observer 2021: Arctic miners get financing for one of world's biggest palladium projects
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[13] Swiss Info 2021: A plea to Swiss banks from the Russian Arctic
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[11] Emerging Europe 2020: Additional financial support offers new hope to indigenous people in Russia’s Taimyr Peninsula
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[16] Bloomerag 2021: How Palladium Became a Really, Really Precious Metal
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[1] Russia to dominate world’s platinum & palladium production with new Arctic project
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[2] The Moscow Times 2019: Russia to Become World’s Top Palladium Producer After $15Bln Arctic Investment: Nornickel and Russian Palladium to invest in huge production plant in Arctic tundra
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[17] The Barents Observer 2021: Indigenous peoples call on Nornickel’s global partners to demand environmental action
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[8] Ecology Russia: Can Norilsk, Russia’s most polluted city, come clean?
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[7] The New York Time World: The Lure of a Better Life, Amid Cold and Darkness
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[6] S&P Global (2019): Norilsk shares hit new highs as palladium price tops US$1,800
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[5] The Barents Observer: Arctic Palladium invests $15 billion in new project, will make Russia world’s biggest producer of rare metal
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[9]The Barents Observer: Arctic Palladium invests $15 billion in new project, will make Russia world’s biggest producer of rare metal
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[10] Nasdaq via Reuters 2020: Russia's Nornickel to cooperate with Russian Platinum on Arctic deposit
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Last update23/10/2021
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