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Norilsk Nickel and BASF stake on electric vehicles


The companies are going to start coproduction of accessories for accumulators. At the same time the German BASF possible sanctions don't frighten — the concern is ready to invest nearly half a billion dollars of the Photo: depositphotos.com BASF potential secondary American sanctions haven't frightened. The largest shareholders of Norilsk Nickel — Vladimir Potanin and Oleg Deripaska. The first, as well as any other large Russian businessman, can appear under sanctions. The second — already under them, so cooperation is a priori fraught with risks. Nevertheless, the German and Russian companies will construct in Finland the enterprise for production of accessories for accumulators. The choice of Finland is obvious, there is a nickel - the cobalt plant of Norilsk Nickel. Well, and the purpose is obvious too: it is about accumulators for electric vehicles. The project will be started at the end of 2019, the plant will be able to provide requirements of 300 thousand electric cars a year. The transaction can be estimated only positively, the director of group of corporate ratings of the ACRE agency Maxim Hudalov says. Maxim Hudalov the director of group of corporate ratings of the ACRE agency "Technology will surely develop. Not the fact that she will develop in the traditional markets of presence of BASF and Norilsk Nickel. Most likely, first of all she will gain development in the Asian markets, and mainly in China. Nevertheless, this transaction, namely construction of the plant on production of accumulators directly near the production site of Norilsk Nickel in Finland, looks extremely logical". 300 thousand are about 8% of the general the number of electric vehicles which go on roads of the globe. Now their 3,7 million. But, according to forecasts, somewhere in 20 years the number of electric cars will increase ten times. Therefore Norilsk Nickel and BASF prepare for increase in demand. Whether there will be enough for it resources? And not only at these companies, but also at others? Experts say that reserves of non-ferrous metals are enough. For example, there will last lithium for 185 years. There is enough nickel and cobalt too. Though yet not from all fields it is possible to take successfully them, the deputy chief editor of the Metallosnabzheniye Is Also Sold magazine Leonid Hazanov notices. Leonid Hazanov the deputy chief editor of the Metallosnabzheniye Is Also Sold magazine "Their concentration in ores and the volume of their stocks aren't always that that they can be developed. For example, fields of Norilsk Nickel are located in the Chelyabinsk, Orenburg, Sverdlovsk regions. They, unfortunately, aren't developed owing to the fact that in them concentration of nickel and cobalt are very small, and the technology for their effective extraction is meanwhile not created". On the way of Norilsk Nickel and BASF there are also other companies. For example, Alisher Usmanov's structure plans to begin to develop the largest Russian field of copper — Udokanskoye. He couldn't be mastered at the time of the USSR. But now owners of the license count on increase in production of electric vehicles — copper is necessary for accumulators too. World giants hunt also for cobalt. 60% of his stocks — in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, anything there about

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