In 1970 Norilsk enterprises switched from coal to gas

In 1970 Norilsk enterprises switched from coal to gas

March 11, 2022

Blue fuel was first supplied to the boilers of CHPP-1, and then to the melting furnaces of the Copper plant.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. For the technological chain of the growing combine, such an expensive, labor-intensive and dirty energy carrier as coal was not suitable. Cheaper and more affordable fuels were needed, natural gas was needed like air. And they found it.

In 1966, geologists discovered a gas field in the Messoyaha area.

The gas pipeline string was built in just two years, and in 1969 Messoyaha gas was already being transported to Norilsk.

Of course, the transfer of all the combine facilities to the blue fuel was a matter of more than one year. Specialists from the Copper plant, both thermal power plants – Norilsk and Talnah, as well as other enterprises were sent to Sverdlovsk – to study the gas business.

On June 27, 1970, the Norilsk combined heat and power plant announced that its first unit had been switched from coal to gas fuel.

The CHPP-1 became the first conversion stage from which the combine complete gasification began.

There was an idea to use gas for domestic needs in the apartments of Norilsk residents, but it was abandoned due to the complexity of re-equipping all communications and the ambiguities associated with their operation in the conditions of the Arctic.

In the last issue of the History Spot photo project we told about the Talnah concentrating plant.

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Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

March 11, 2022

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