#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company’s (NTEK) specialists and the Nornickel Polar Division’s Territory improvement company continue round-the-clock work on land reclamation at the Ambarnaya river’s mouth after a fuel spill in May 2020.
45 people work at the site, 20 pieces of equipment are involved: three tracked dump trucks Trekol, four all-terrain vehicles, five watercraft and seven motor cultivators. All equipment has minimal impact on the soil.
“According to the project agreed with the Norilsk mayor’s office, reclamation began last year. 17.43 hectares of contaminated land and 30.91 hectares of disturbed land have already been restored. All work is planned to be completed this year”, explained the Nornickel press service.
Three unique Morooka tracked dump trucks are currently involved in the reclamation, these are highly passable vehicles that allow to work in environmentally sensitive areas.
Dump trucks are designed to operate in off-road conditions, inaccessible even to the best wheeled all-terrain vehicles. The Nornickel bought this equipment for an enterprise for the Nornickel Polar Division’s Territory improvement company.
The machines are equipped with reclamators that loosen the earth to a depth of 27 centimeters with a working width of 290 centimeters. A device for hydroseeding is installed on one machine: more than a thousand cubic meters of land are sown in one refueling. A peat spreader, which, in addition to the main functions, also crushes peat, is installed on the second. The third machine is equipped with a manipulator for transporting materials. The technique’s uniqueness is that it minimally affects the soil cover.
According to the reclamation project, specialists sow meadow clover, fescue and timothy grass. The grass is doing well.
“The plans for 2022 include 6.5 hectares of polluted and 20.91 hectares of disturbed lands. Those areas that are difficult to recultivate with tracked dump trucks due to their small area and remoteness, we recultivate manually using motor cultivators,” said the NTEK Landscaping company’s chief engineer Alexander Vasyuk.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division press service