Norilsk Nickel is focused on creating infrastructure for the development of Arctic tourism - Vice President Grachev

Norilsk Nickel is focused on creating infrastructure for the development of Arctic tourism - Vice President Grachev


Norilsk Nickel is actively involved in creating infrastructure for the development of Arctic tourism. This was announced by the Vice President of the mining and metallurgical company Andrey Grachev at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, which was held in the northern capital from June 5 to 8.

According to him, this relatively new and promising type of tourism is actively supported by the heads of regions. "We are already noticing a whole gubernatorial movement in the country in support of Arctic tourism - today alone we heard about the development of this relatively new direction from the governors of the NAO, Astrakhan and Murmansk regions," he said. - The company is currently developing the "Valla Tundra" projects in the Murmansk region and "Zatundra" on the Taimyr Peninsula in the Krasnoyarsk Territory." In the Murmansk region, Grachev pointed out, the tourist flow has doubled since 2016.

And in this regard, one of the most pressing issues is the creation of a tourist infrastructure that could qualitatively accept this flow of tourists. "There are still problems with this," Andrey Grachev noted, "but together with the governors, in particular, the head of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Mikhail Kotyukov and the head of the Murmansk region Andrey Chibis,Norilsk Nickel is trying to solve this problem. This direction has a good future."

Grachev also spoke about the idea of creating a ski resort in Monchegorsk. "It is generally accepted that Monchegorsk is only a production, a mono-city where they make metal - and that's all," he noted. - But we looked at it from a different angle and realized that there is a good opportunity to build a ski resort there, and this could become the basis for the development of sports tourism in the Arctic. We hope that this idea will be included in the master plan."

In addition, the vice president of the company spoke about other aspects of the company's activities. At the initiative of the Governor of the Murmansk Region, the concept of опорных городов ( опорные города, опорные поселения) of the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation is being implemented, which includes Monchegorsk and Norilsk, where Norilsk Nickel operates. A high positive investment climate has been created in the region. "The main document on which our relations in the Murmansk region are now being built is an agreement signed by the company with the governor and providing for various socio-economic activities in the amount of up to 10 billion rubles," Grachev said. - 62% of this amount is money that the Norilsk Nickel company invests in the region. Our team, of course, does not stop there. We are currently working on new interesting projects, in particular, the construction of rental housing in the city of Monchegorsk." To this end, negotiations are underway with Dom.RF (a financial institute for development in the housing sector of Russia) to create a pilot project for rental housing, which experts are sure is in demand.

The vice president of Norilsk Nickel also drew attention to environmental issues. "At our site in Monchegorsk, things have come a long way: from 2020 to the present moment, there has been a sixfold reduction in emissions," he noted.

As for the master plans for Norilsk and Dudinka - there are also many interesting projects there, Andrey Grachev added.In particular, there is the Samsonskino water intake, from which 20% of the water is consumed by Norilsk Nickel, and 80% by the city of Dudinka. "The company has invested half a billion rubles in the reconstruction of the water intake, and we hope that the further development of infrastructure in Dudinka will also be included in the master plan," he noted.

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