Norilsk Nickel has reported a second oil spill in a span of two months in an incident that has affected the company’s subsidiary’s operations. The event occurred when a pipeline belonging to Norilsktrangaz in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia was depressurized.
According to initial findings, 44.5mt of aviation fuel was spilled in a period of 15 minutes, the company announced in a press release on July 12. Emergency services arrived promptly to contain the spread. The incident poses no health risks to the surrounding community.
Operations at the site have been suspended and efforts are underway to expedite the collection of the spilled fuel. This event was preceded by a pump failure at its Talnakh concentrator plant, which led to a wastewater leak.
This news comes soon after announcements of a case filed by the Russian government last month against the company for releasing toxic discharge into river and soil from 2017 through 2019. According to media reports, an incident in May poured 21,000mt of diesel into adjacent water and soil.