#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The act on acceptance of the melting furnace in a liquid bath for complex testing was signed in early March, and two days later, on March 6, 1985, a solemn meeting was held at the plant, captured by photographer Vladimir Malahov. The right to open a commemorative plaque was given to the honorary metallurgist Valery Bykov. By that time, the former river worker had worked at the Copper Plant for 18 years, since 1967, and the plant became the first and only place of work for a metallurgist in Norilsk. In the same 1985, Valery Bykov, foreman of the PZhV-2 smelters, was awarded the State Prize for outstanding achievements in labor.
The key to the furnace was presented to the plant director Boris Gulevich by the chief of the construction headquarters, the legendary chief mechanic of the combine Leonid Danilov and the chief engineer of Medstroy Victor Chekusov.
The first tons of metal PZhV-2 produced a month later, on April 10. The melting was attended by the author of the technology, professor Andrey Vanyukov.
Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive