“The shafts of the fourth Talnah giant will be four to five times deeper than the Mayak shafts”, wrote the Gornyak newspaper.
In December 1978, the air supply shaft was handed over: for the first time in the USSR, in the Far North conditions, they reached a record depth of 1428 meters. But this record was also broken: the ventilation shaft (VS-7) reached 1865 meters and became the deepest in the northern hemisphere.
But at the same time, the working conditions at the mine were very difficult: the temperature rose with depth, the danger of rock bumps increased, questions arose about the equipment operation, it was necessary to create comfortable working conditions for the miners.
To ensure the mining operations safety, a seismic station was put into operation, which monitors the seismic activity of rocks within the mine fields of the Oktyabrsky and Taimyrsky mines.
The Taimyrsky mine first stage was commissioned on December 31, 1982, and it was put into operation. At the beginning of 1983 the first ore was raised from depths where no one in the world has ever mined ore.
In 1996, with the completion of the sixth start-up complex construction, the mine reached its design capacity.
In the History Spot’s previous publication, we talked about the Oktyabrsky mine, the largest underground mine in Eurasia.
Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive