Digital Lab is an R&D unit of Nornickel, which looks into the applicability of new technologies and tests them in production processes. In line with the partnership agreement, Digital Lab is based at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre.

The Digital Lab’s projects won awards at the Mine Digital contest of innovative solutions and technologies for digital transformation in the mining industry, held as part of the MINEX Russia 2020 Mining & Exploration Forum.


1st place

The Intelligent Automated Process Control System at Kola MMC’s Concentrator

3rd place

Digital Core

Case studies

Digital Twin technology is embedded in various operating processes across Nornickel’s enterprises.

An advisory system at Kola MMC’s concentrator.

Economic benefit: component recovery up by 0.73% from the baseline period.

charge planning.A system for optimising in-process logistics of the converter operations in the main aisle of Copper Plant’s smelting shop, with digital tools used for real-time

Digital Core is a software suite that uses machine vision components in combination with neural network algorithms.

Enables the detection and analysis of ore present in a core, giving highly accurate estimates of mineralisation grades over the internet from just a photograph.

The pipeline of environmental initiatives includes a number of projects to reduce the Company’s environmental footprint.