Russian nickel producer Nornickel’s Nadezhda Smelter is developing a high-tech operations centre. It will allow Nornickel to increase the efficiency of the metallurgical production substantially. The new operations centre is scheduled to start up by the end of the summer. The total built-up area is more than 2,000 square metres. The new centre with 25 workstations will combine the energy control room and the control room of the production department, which are currently located in different places.The centre will collect real-time information on the metallurgical production process, carry out visual monitoring of the process and energy equipment, and identify weaknesses in the continuous production chain for uninterrupted operation.Such centres have already been launched at four mines of the Norilsk Division: Taimyrsky, Oktyabrsky, Komsomolsky and Skalisty. Their work is aimed at improving the planning and direct production of minerals. The launch of the operations centres and the transfer of control and management functions to them was preceded by a lengthy effort to establish underground infrastructure at all the mines.The company plans to establish similar operations centres at the Mayak Mine, which is a part of the Bear Creek project.