July 07, 2017
Moscow - PJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel” the world’s largest refined nickel and palladium producer, announces that on July 7, at approximately 10 am, an explosion occurred at a shaft of Zapolyarny Mine of the Polar Division of Nornickel. The accident occurred during drifting activities carried out by a team from Polar Construction Company, a contractor of Nornickel. Four Polar Construction Company employees have been confirmed dead as a result of the explosion and there have been a number of others injured. All other miners working at the site have now been evacuated to the surface and all personnel have been accounted for. Emergency services including medics and mine rescue teams have been deployed to the site. Preliminary reports on the cause of the incident point to a build-up of methane, which ignited in the shaft.