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Norilsk oil spill: Tensions rise as Nornickel disputes extent of damage

On 29 May 2020, a fuel storage tank at Norilsk-Taimyr Energy’s Thermal Power Plant No. 2 – owned by Russian nickel and palladium producer Nornickel – failed, flooding local rivers with an estimated 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil. The incident has been declared a state of emergency and is the second-largest oil spill in modern Russian history. Here’s how the oil spill has transpired so far, and what Nornickel is doing to rectify the disaster.


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