Talnah miners continued to set records at Oktyabrsky, accelerating the pace adopted at the construction of the first two mines – Mayak and Komsomolsky. The Hero of Socialist Labor Yevgeny Astashin’s brigade covered 371 running meters with one face in a month – this was the highest figure for Siberia and the Far East.
On March 31, 1974 – 31 months ahead of schedule, twice as fast as the standards – the mine’s first stage was commissioned.
On December 31, 1985, the mine’s ninth stage was put into operation, a cargo shaft was put into operation for lowering and raising equipment and supplying fresh air. This made it possible to lower large equipment into the mine without its preliminary dismantling.
According to reports for the first decade, from 1974 to 1984, the mine, which had not yet reached its design capacity, produced 4.5 million tons of rich ore alone.
In 1987, with nine phases, the mine reached its design capacity. In 1988, rich ore production amounted to a record 5,348,000 tons.
In terms of equipment, quality characteristics of the developed deposit, the Oktyabrsky mine has no analogues in the world. The length of the existing mine workings of Oktyabrsky is more than 450 kilometers.
In the last issue of the History Spot photo project, we talked about the fact that the Komsomolsky mine was first called Mayak-2.
Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive