An equipment buying spree by Russia’s leading nickel producer that began earlier this year continues. Nornickel has purchased 21 pieces of new machinery for its Polar Division’s mining operations, with another 58 machines to be delivered by the year-end. The total spend for the division will be more than RUB 6 billion ($82.3 million).

The purchased machinery includes drilling rigs, LHDs, trucks and auxiliary equipment. Most of the new machinery (27 units) will go to the Komsomolsky mine followed by the Taimyrsky (18 units), Oktyabrsky (14 units), Skalisty (13 units) and Mayak (7 units) mines. The new equipment is supplied by Epiroc, Caterpillar, Sandvik, Normet and others. In 2020, the division’s mining facilities purchased 79 pieces of machinery worth RUB 2.7 billion ($37 million).

Nornickel said this surge in investment is being made to provide the most advanced equipment for its mines.