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  • Mining industry and opportunities for Norwegian companies in Russia

    The mineral industry of Russia is one of the world’s leading industries in terms of both area and mineral reserves.

    It is home to an array of minerals and metals including nickel, platinum, bauxite, cobalt, coal and tin. Russia accounts for a large share of the world’s output of diamonds, gold, silver and PGM. It is the principal sector of Russian economy and accounts for 20% of country’s GDP and 30-35% of foreign currency inflow.

    The country has vast mineral and metal reserves and the export of these resources significantly contributes to the Russian economy. Overall, the most significant mineral-producing regions are the Kola Peninsula, the East Siberia, the Urals and the Russian Far East. The region to the east of the Urals possesses more than half of Russia’s mineral resources. Siberia hosts the bulk of Russia’s nickel, platinum and diamond deposits, and despite harsh geography and weather conditions, remains an attractive destination for mining players from around the world.

    Russia’s global dominance in some metal and mineral commodities is unchallenged. It dominates the global production of the PGM, producing 40% of the world’s palladium, 15% of platinum as well as 20% of the world’s nickel and cobalt output. In addition, Russia is also among the world’s big-three diamond producers. Some 20 000 mineral deposits have been explored in the country while only 37% of them were developed.

    However, even the mining industry faces certain challenges that hinder development of the industry.

    The major impact of the industry is environmental consequences of mining and processing deposits development. Many Russian mining companies have been operating for a long time, but still use obsolete cleaning systems and equipment. As a result, the whole territory, soil, atmosphere and animal world are exposed to a certain negative impact. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure innovative technologies and right equipment on the sites to prevent and reduce environmental pollution.

    In addition, ensuring that equipment is checked and safe to use, performs correctly and delivers good quality and results – are key factors. Regular training is essential and understanding the machines you are working near or operating plays an important role in all aspects of the industry.

    Norwegian companies supply advanced products and solutions which can provide substantial improvements for the mining industry and can lead to better sustainability and essential greening effects in Russia.

    Innovation Norway Russia plays a vital role in facilitating the process of taking Norwegian mining technology and products to the Russian market.


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    Yaroslav Ushakov

    INNOVASJON NORGE

    Innovasjon Norge har kontor i:
    Moskva




    Den Norske ambassaden i Moskva

    Russland strekker seg over 11 tidssoner fra Europa i vest til Stillehavet i øst, og er den største økonomien i Øst-Europa. Landet har store naturressurser og en høyt utdannet arbeidsstokk, noe som betyr et stort privatmarked i tillegg til muligheter i sektorene helse, maritim teknologi, energi og miljø, samt akvakultur og landbruksteknologi. Forretningskulturen er annerledes enn i Norge, og man kan møte utfordringer knyttet til bl.a. lov- og regelverk og finansiering. Som regel er det en fordel å ha en russisk partner/distributør for sine produkter og tjenester.

    Det er viktig å være nøye på rammebetingelsene i kontrakten som skrives med russiske bedrifter, og være oppmerksom på at tollprosedyrene inn til Russland kan være utfordrende.

    En rekke restriktive tiltak er innført. Les mer på Utenriksdepartementet sider for nærmere informasjon, eller under Eksportkrav.

    Innovasjon Norge anbefaler bedrifter å sette seg inn i håndboken i antikorrupsjon "Beskytt din virksomhet" og utvikle egnede interne etiske retningslinjer og antikorrupsjonsprogram.