Thawing permafrost is one of the accident at the NorNickel thermal power plant causes. The company received the opinion of an independent expert.03.12.2020
Environmental Resources Management, which was hired by Norilsk Nickel as an independent expert, called the permafrost melting one of the reasons for the accident at the NorNickel Thermal power plant-3 (TPP-3). 21,000 tons of diesel fuel spilled on the ground and into the river.
The fact that permafrost has ceased to be eternal and began to melt scientists have noticed for several years. It was logical to assume (and I assumed) that this will sooner or later cause man-made disasters where businesses are placed on piles driven into permafrost. It is clear that Russian officials do not want to admit the problem. After all, then the Russian Arctic is waiting for a large-scale reconstruction, and this is expensive and very difficult. In Norilsk, the technology for freezing the building foundation was tested, but so far there are no effective technologies to fix the thawing soil.