Nickel tycoon Vladimir Potanin has big plans for the arctic hub of Dudinka


In the port city of Dudinka in the extreme north, capacities are being expanded considerably, as shipping on the northern end of the Yenisey is growing rapidly.

The rise in shipping is fueled by a number of new industrial projects on the Taymyr Peninsula, some operated by Nornickel.

Nornickel President Vladimir Potanin (right) with Murmansk Governor Andrey Chibis. Photo: Murmansk Government / Media Relations Bureau

The company, managed by Vladimir Potanin, is now investing up to 26 billion rubles (300 million euros) in modernizing the local infrastructure. This also includes the new logistics center

This will have a positive effect on the on-site goods delivery process, company representative Nikolai Utkin said at the opening ceremony of the new center.

“It’s a new direction, a project to digitize production,” he emphasized.

Nornickel has opened a new logistics center for Arctic operations. Photo: Nornickel


Unlike many of Russia’s other major industrial companies, Nornickel is not sanctioned by the international community, and supplies of nickel and other precious metals continue to reach Western producers.

Transport issues are of crucial importance today, stresses Utkin.

“Organizing and building efficient logistics chains has always been a priority for us, after all we are in the periphery with complicated conditions for goods transportation and a limited time for shipping – it required smooth and tedious work.”

Nornickel’s ongoing development projects in the region include the construction of a new processing plant in Talnakh and a major renovation program for the city of Norilsk.

In addition, several other companies are investing in the Taymyr region.

Russian Platinum is ready to begin development on its Chernogorskoye project, where production is scheduled to begin in 2024.

The company confirmed in early 2022 that it had the funding needed to launch the project. It is estimated at 240 billion rubles (2.76 billion euros), of which 180 billion will be provided through loans from VEB.RF and VTB.

Rosneft is also increasingly investing in the area. The company’s Vostok Oil project involves laying hundreds of kilometers of new pipelines, roads, workers’ villages and airports.

Several thousand tons of building materials were shipped to construction sites along the Yenisei during the winter of 2022. Many thousands more are expected to arrive in the coming years.

Many of the transport operations depend on the escort of icebreakers and the use of Nornickel’s infrastructure in and around Dudinka.

Nornickel is likely to play an important role with its new logistics location center. After all, the powerful company has decades of experience in logistics in icy waters.


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