Russia’s largest copper-nickel deposit to be developed in Norilsk

Russia’s largest copper-nickel deposit to be developed in Norilsk

November 11, 2020

Thanks to a large-scale project, miners will reach the C-2 ore deposit at Russia’s largest Octyabrskoye copper-nickel deposit.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Previously, the mine did not work at such deep (-950 meters) levels.

“Today we are in the forefront of the world’s mine builders. We use and continue introducing the most advanced technologies, increasing the rate of penetration. We have achieved good results: the average monthly rate of penetration on this project is 60–70 running meters per month”, said Victor Grevtsev, Chief Engineer of Shaft Department No. 4. “After the completion of this stage, the mine will be able to additionally extract 175 thousand tons of ore per year. Now we have started construction of the second stage, which will add 225 thousand tons of ore. The third stage will give another 100 thousand tons”.

November last year, a so-called holing-through took place, when at a depth of 950 meters two mines were connected- Skalisty and Komsomolsky ones

The chief engineer also recalled that in November last year, during the first stage of the second start-up complex, the workers made a so-called holing-through, when at a depth of 950 meters they connected two mines – Skalisty and Komsomolsky. That rare event took place at the longest mine working in the project – more than two kilometers.

The ore deposits explored at Komsomolsky mine are planned to be mined by 2049.

Text: Mikhail Tuaev, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

November 11, 2020

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