Norilsk oil spill

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Norilsk diesel oil spill
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Extent of the spill as seen by Sentinel-2 satellite
LocationNorilsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia
Coordinates69°19′40″N 87°57′52″E / 69.32778°N 87.96444°E / 69.32778; 87.96444Coordinates: 69°19′40″N 87°57′52″E / 69.32778°N 87.96444°E / 69.32778; 87.96444
Date29 May 2020
  • Collapse of foundations due to permafrost melting
  • Corrosion of tank bottom
OperatorNTEK (Nornickel subsidiary)
Spill characteristics
Volume21,000 m3 (17,500 tonnes)[1]
Area350 km2 (140 sq mi)

The Norilsk oil spill was an industrial disaster near Norilsk in Russia. It began on 29 May 2020, when a fuel storage tank at Norilsk-Taimyr Energy's Thermal Power Plant No. 3 failed. It flooded local rivers with 21,000 cubic metres (740,000 cu ft) of diesel oil.[1][2] Russian President Vladimir Putin called it a state of emergency in early June.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Diesel fuel spill in Norilsk in Russia's Arctic contained". TASS. Moscow, Russia. 5 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. Max Seddon (4 June 2020), "Siberia fuel spill threatens Moscow's Arctic ambitions", Financial Times
  3. "Putin orders state of emergency after huge fuel spill inside Arctic Circle". The Guardian. 3 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.