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Russia's aluminium and nickel sectors set to merge

Russian aluminium giant RusAl says it will buy a 2% stake in Norilsk Nickel from KM Invest, the holding controlled by billionaires Mikhail Prokhorov and Vladimir Potanin.

The deal is likely to mark the first stage in creation of Russia's first diversified global metals and mining firm.

Another agreement by RusAl to purchase a 25% plus one share interest in Norilsk  Nickel  from  Prokhorov's  Onexim  Group came into effect on December  21.

The board of KM Invest decided  to sell 2% of its stake in Norilsk Nickel on December 19. 

Norilsk, based in northern Russia, is the world's biggest nickel mining company.  It is believed to be worth about $US 40 billion.