Steel plant had to be built in Norilsk

Steel plant had to be built in Norilsk

December 05, 2022

Plans for the ferrous metallurgy development in Taimyr arose in the 1940s and were associated with geological exploration at the Imangda deposits.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Imangda mountains and the river of the same name lie 70 kilometers southeast of Norilsk. They are separated from us by a wide valley of the Rybnaya river.

The Imanda name comes from the Evenk “imanna” – “snow”. That is, “imangda” means “snowy”.

In 1940, Norilsk geologists found an ore deposit there. In 1941, a geological exploration party was sent to Imangda, and drilling began in the spring.

It became clear that on the Imangda, as well as in Norilsk, copper-nickel ores coexist with a rich coal deposit. But besides that, geologists discovered magnetite deposits there.

Then the idea arose that Norilsk would also be able to mine iron ore. They considered building a railway and a steel plant on the Imangda.

However, the riches were too little and the area inaccessibility was great. The point was put by the calculation of iron ore. It turned out that the deposit had only local significance.

In the History Spot’s previous publication, we told that in the post-war years the mass media could not mention the name of Norilsk: disclosure was subject to criminal liability.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

December 05, 2022

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