Norilsk Resumes Arctic Shipments After Seasonal Halt

By MarEx 2013-06-10 10:07:00

MOSCOW - Russia's Norilsk Nickel , the world's largest nickel and palladium producer, resumed shipments from the Arctic port of Dudinka after seasonal high waters receded.

Dudinka, the company's main export outlet, restarted operations on Sunday, Norilsk said on its website www.nornik.ru. The port was halted in mid-May.

Every year Norilsk stops loading nickel, copper and cobalt for export when the ice cover breaks and causes flooding at the mouth of the Yenisei River, where Dudinka is located.

The closure disrupts the supply of concentrate to Norilsk's refineries on the Kola peninsula, but the company continues to fulfil its obligations to clients.

Reporting by Polina Devitt; editing by Keiron Henderson (c) Reuters, 2013.

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