Most of Norilsk houses built in 1987
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Most of Norilsk houses built in 1987

August 24, 2022

It was in 1987, the year of the October Revolution 70th anniversary, that the Norilsk construction industry reached its peak: 47 residential buildings were built.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Most of the new buildings were erected in Talnah (part of Norilsk). In Norilsk itself, infill construction was carried out on the city main avenue. Kayerkan and even Snezhnogorsk grew. Among the new buildings were nine-storey buildings on the Kirov, Laureates, Rudnaya, Baumanskaya, Igarskaya, Pervomaiskaya, Shkolnaya streets.

In addition to residential buildings, a DIY store and a new library on Solnechny passage were opened that year. On Ordzhonikidze street, the House of Political Education was handed over (later it became the City Culture Center).

Among the new buildings in 1987 there were many children’s institutions: a polyclinic on Begichev street, the Baby store on Komsomolskaya one, the Cheerful Little Men children’s cafe on Urvantsev Embankment, six kindergartens, two schools. In a word, it was a record year. Since that time the number of new buildings has been decreasing.

In 1987, in Norilsk and on Taimyr, in general, there were many labor achievements and records – gifts for the Revolution 70th anniversary. For example, the first unit of the Kureyskaya hydroelectric power station was placed under industrial load – together with the Hantaiskaya hydroelectric power station, it began to supply energy to the city and the combine. Construction on Kureika began in 1975, and was fully completed only in 2002.

In 1987, the “tenant” changed on Gvardeiskaya square: the combine’s office moved from Zavenyagin square to the Norilsk hotel. Before the move, the building was built on: in the central part, another high ‘director’s’ floor appeared. The hotel moved to Talnahskaya street, adding an administrative block with the Norilsk restaurant to it.

In 1987, there was a lot of talk about what Norilsk had become for the country and for its inhabitants. The facts were impressive. Talnah mines were the deepest in the world: shafts over 1500 meters deep. There was also the country’s largest fleet of mining machines – 250 units. The volume of the annual concrete laying of the developed mountain space exceeded the dam of a large hydroelectric power station. An eightieth of the heat generated by all the country’s thermal power plants came from Norilsk. The container fleet of Norilsksnab exceeded 180 thousand units – the second largest in the USSR after the River Fleet Ministry. The cost of the combine’s fixed assets was nine billion rubles! And the balance sheet profit in 1987 for the first time exceeded a billion.

In the History Spot photo project previous publication, we told about the Norilsk records of 1982. So, the first ore of the Taimyrsky mine was raised from depths from which no one in the world had mined it before.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

August 24, 2022

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