Norilsk concentration plant was largest in USSR
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Norilsk concentration plant was largest in USSR

May 25, 2021

Equipment for the BCP under construction was purchased from America.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. For the trip to the United States in February 1947, deputy people’s commissar of internal affairs Avraamy Zavenyagin chose the head of the Norilsk metallurgical plants department Alexey Loginov. Before the evacuation of Severonickel enterprise, the former Monchegorsk citizen was the combine’s enrichment enterprises department’s head and was known as a first-class enricher. Loginov stayed in the States for a year and upon returning to the Norilsk combine was appointed to the post of the BCP under construction head.

Alexey Loginov

The BCP’s task was to obtain copper-nickel concentrates for the Nickel and future Copper plants. The first two sections were launched on December 21, 1948. The huge multifunctional factory reached its design targets within a month.

In his memoir, published a year before his death in 2001, the first head of the plant wrote that both prisoners and civilians worked in the construction and operation of today’s NCP (Norilsk Concentration Plant):

“A community of interests was established. There was not a single skirmish, not a single fight. But the living conditions were far from good”.

In 1954, Loginov replaced Vladimir Zverev as the head of the Norilsk combine and for three years, according to him, reforged the Arctic giant from a force labor camp blank into a giant of non-ferrous metallurgy.

On February 23, 2021, the first not the chief, but the director of the Norilsk Mining and Metallurgical Combine, Alexey Loginov’s 115th anniversary was celebrated.

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May 25, 2021

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