Norilsk Nickel. The depth of 1.1 km and a temperature of +1000 ° C


Author of the report — Slava Stepanov (LJ gelio)

"Norilsk Nickel" — the largest in Russia and one of the largest companies in the world for the production of precious and base metals.
Polar Division of MMC "Norilsk Nickel" is in the Norilsk industrial district on the Taimyr Peninsula in the Krasnoyarsk region, which lies entirely within the Arctic Circle.
Entities are connected to other parts of the country via the Yenisei river and the Northern Sea Route (only in the warmer months), as well as by air.


Norilsk — a city in the north of the Krasnoyarsk region, 90 km east of the Yenisei. It owes its origin build the world’s largest mining and, at the same time, metalproducing plant. Analogs industrial area "Norilsk" (including the city) is nowhere in the world is no longer available.

View on Leninsky Prospekt, the Old City and Mount Shmidtiha.
Norilsk — the second largest population in the world of the city, located in the Arctic Circle after Murmansk.
Only in the Norilsk industrial area home to more than 170,000 people. It is surprising that in spite of the harsh climate, living here is not "shift workers" and the generations of families who are not going to go anywhere.

In the city there are polar days and polar night.
Polar day at the latitude of Norilsk lasts about 2 months (the sun goes around the circle without touching the horizon), and the polar night lasts for about 1.5 months (by streets full of darkness, and the light does not turn off).

Guards Square and Lenin Avenue — the main street of the town and area.
The architecture of many buildings Norilsk traced stylistic similarities with the architecture of Leningrad / St Petersburg — this is due to the fact that in the construction of Norilsk attended Leningrad architects.

Talnakhskoye field. Mine "Taimyr"
To descend into the mine cage is used.
The deepest cage shaft goes into the ground at 1532 meters!

Control room of the elevator installation trunk.
The cage is lowered to a depth of more than a mile in 5-7 minutes.

Horizon, "minus 1,100 meters."
At this level there is a kind of "waiting room."
The starting point under the ground — passenger station, by the way one of the deepest in the world.

Ways to mine cars

Underground trains are driven by electricity, which is fed through the contact wire

Mountain passenger transport

The developed system of subways in the mines in the thousands (!) Kilometers.

Self-propelled drilling rig while drilling vertical wells

Cab driller

The manipulator self-propelled drilling rig


Shipment of the rock mass by means of load-haul-machine (VSD)
Load capacity of PDM — 14 tons, bucket capacity of about 4.7 cubic meters, power — 335 horsepower

The front wheel loading and delivering cars
For better coupling with the surface of the wheel is put on the chain

The interesting thing is that before the excavation of excavation, the driver out of the PDM.
Further work is carried out using the remote control, and the driver is still on the sidelines at a safe distance and loading controls. Once the bucket is full, the driver returns to the cab and sent to the unloading

The temperature in the mine is much higher than on the surface and can exceed 30 degrees Celsius due to the proximity to the bowels of the Earth. Comfortable work environment are only supported with the powerful ventilation

Camera tipping.
Just below the tumblers mounted crushing plants, where the ore is ground to the desired fraction, and then goes on conveyors in dosing, and from there to the surface.

Shop for repair and maintenance of underground mining equipment

Nadezhda Metall
urgical Plant. BI Kolesnikova
It comes here and enriched ore mined.
Pyrometallurgical production processes nickel and copper concentrates Talnakhskaya concentrator, hydrometallurgical production of sulfide concentrate and copper concentrate CPF Nickel Plant.

Bottling matte into molds

Converter department. Unloading slag ladle.

Melting shop

Pouring molten

The driver of the bridge crane

Perhaps, it is the most responsive and the most "hot" work in the converter unit.
He runs a crane being directly above the molten metal

Breathing in the converter department can only be through a mask

Mechanical cleaning converter

The anode furnace

Copper mold casting

The finished products of the plant are: matte, copper anodes and elemental sulfur. Feinstein sent for further processing at the Nickel Plant and Plant "North", anode copper — Copper Plant.

The author thanks the press office and the leadership of MMC "Norilsk Nickel" for photo ops!

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