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Norilsk Ups Investment 7%

Norilsk Nickel, Russia's largest mining company, plans to increase capital spending by at least 7 percent in 2012 as it develops a copper project in East Siberia and explores for new resources.

Investment will exceed $3 billion in 2012, Norilsk said in a statement on its web site. The figure compares with the $2.8 billion in investments the company planned for 2011.

Norilsk plans to invest 7.5 billion rubles ($233 million) to develop the Chita copper project in East Siberia and spend $100 million on geological exploration, it said.


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