#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. By that time, the first Talnah ore had already appeared in the history of Norilsk. In 1965, at the celebration of the 30th combine’s anniversary, lorries loaded with Mayak ore went along Norilsk streets.
The first mine was built along with the roads to Talnah. The train with the first ore from the right bank went to the Nickel plant on March 29, 1966 by rail with the northernmost bridge.
The construction of the first Talnah mine was carried out since 1963. The experiment on the simultaneous construction of two headframes with the replacement of temporary ones with a permanent ones was carried out at Mayak.
For vertical penetration of the cage and skip shafts, temporary headframes were erected above them and permanent ones were installed at the same time. Then the permanent head was pushed onto the cage shaft with the help of 500-ton jacks. This unique operation was repeated on the skip shaft, confirming that it was possible in northern conditions as well.
The launch of the Mayak’s first stage meant the second birth of the Norilsk Combine. The main principle of work at Mayak, which was built as an exploration and production mine, was the sequence of ore mining according to technological grades. The firstborn had enough rich ore for fifteen years, until 1981.
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Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive