Norilsk could be built in different place

Norilsk could be built in different place

November 28, 2022

The site for modern Norilsk, which was called Gorstroy, was chosen back in 1938.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Avraamiy Zavenyagin, the combine and the camp head, entrusted the work on the map and survey of the area to the design department of Norilsk. This was the first task for the young architect Vitold Nepokoichitsky, who had just arrived in the city.

Experts identified five possible sites. Two of them – in the Bear Creek valley and on the of Dvugorbaya mount’s slope – were too small, besides, an industrial zone was already being laid nearby.

The third site – on the northern slope of mount Nadezhda – was five kilometers away from the plant. Now the distance doesn’t seem to be large, especially from the factory pipes, but at that time the transport issue was not yet resolved.

The area north of the Tys-Kel and Zub lakes near Zub mountain was also considered remote and swampy.

And, finally, the sixth site – near lake Dolgoye – with a relatively calm relief and satisfactory soils was recognized as the most convenient.

In the History Spot’s previous publication, we talked about the fact that hydroelectric projects on Taimyr were developed back in the 1940s, and they wanted to build a hydroelectric power station on the Pyasina river.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

November 28, 2022

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