Milestones

2016
In 2016, the first stage of the Oleniy Ruchey mine reached its design capacity.  The mine produced 1.1 million tonnes of apatite concentrate from 4 million tonnes of ore.

NWPC embarked on a priority project to build a railway track for loading apatite concentrate into railway cars directly at the mine site. Once complete, this track will help NWPC move away from truck transportation of apatite concentrate and make the Company independent of third-party carriers. In August, the Company started building the track bed and infrastructure facilities, including bridges, overpasses and culverts.

NWPC continued building the underground mine (main fan and heating unit, declines, ventilation shafts and sublevels, main underground pumping station (MUPS No.3) with water sumps and the main underground step-down station), completed sinking tunnels, supporting them with torcrete and concreting floors, and building walls for on-site storage of explosives.

State-of-the-art underground equipment was also purchased: Scooptram ST14 LHD-Loaders, Minetruck MT5020 underground dump trucks and a Simba М6С drill rig.

A new draw-in air system and an upgraded dust collecting system were commissioned at the medium and fine crushing facilities as part of stage 2 construction of the beneficiation plant. An advanced chemical agent dosing system was installed and commissioned at the beneficiation plant flotation facility.

NWPC contributed RUB 105 million to the Kirovsk city budget under its social and economic cooperation agreement with the city.
2015
NWPC extracted 8.8 million m3 of rock at the Oleniy Ruchey open pit mine, obtaining 4.8 million tonnes of apatite-nepheline ore with 11.93% average content of P2O5. Production output grew 53% due to improvements in mining technology and conditions.

The Oleniy Ruchey mine reached design capacity of more than 100,000 tonnes of apatite concentrate per months, or more than 1 million tpa. In July, production totalled an unprecedented 107,000 tonnes.  

Exploration at the bottom level of the Oleniy Ruchey deposit clarified the morphology and structure of the ore body. NWPC recalculated the reserves of apatite-nepheline ore, with reserve additions totalling 317,000 tonnes more than the previous estimate.

NWPC has made substantial efforts to apply 5S methodology and the Continuous Improvement System, which registered 254 suggestions and proposals throughout 2015. The annual economic effect of production process improvements reached approximately RUB 280 million.

Changes to the collective bargaining agreement increased the regional premium rate from 1.4 to 1.5 and introduced an 80% Northern bonus for all staff, among other changes.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation included NWPC in its list of companies that benefit Russian economy as a whole and granted it the status of a major taxpayer in Murmansk region.
2014

NWPC signed a social and economic cooperation agreement with the Kirovsk city administration for 2014, under which the Company transferred RUB 41.64 million to the city budget. 

Several main and auxiliary facilities were launched at the Oleniy Ruchey mine site, including the installation and storage area, equipment and material warehouse, gas station, administrative and service centre, boiler house, fuel oil storage, potable water supply facilities, external utility network, sewage treatment plant, fuel oil supply system, steam supply system, motor road, high-voltage power lines to the water intake facilities, transformer substation for the sewage treatment facility and boiler house, tailing dump with tailing facilities, electrical power supply system, telecommunication and automation facilities. 

Mine construction stage 1 was completed. The Company performed assembly and start-up of the first batch of equipment for stage 2 of the beneficiation plant and commissioned equipment for the analytical control automated laboratory system. 

The beneficiation plant produced its first million tonnes of apatite concentrate. 

NWPC started sinking the mine service shaft for hoisting of men, materials and equipment, as well as fresh air supply and dewatering of the underground mine. 

NWPC designed corporate workwear that meets the ISO 9000 standard. 

Total length of the underground mine reached 9 kilometres. 

Production reached the design capacity of 90,000 tonnes of apatite concentrate per month.

2013

In 2013 NWPC continued design and construction of the mine's second stage.

The Company completed the first large-scale scheduled preventive maintenance of all facilities, services and workshops for the beneficiation plant under construction.

The production sanitary and control laboratories were commissioned.

NWPC and the Kirovsk town administration signed a partnership and cooperation agreement for 2013. According to the agreement, RUB 34 million was allocated to the social and economic development of the town and the surrounding area.

NWPC also signed an agreement with the Murmansk Region Government to give the Oleniy Ruchey regional strategic investment project status.

A primary trade union was organised at NWPC.

2012
In 2012, NWPC commissioned the Oleniy Ruchey open pit mine and finished the first phase of construction of the beneficiation plant, infrastructure, and the temporary transshipment terminal at Titan railway station. Start-up work was completed for all operational facilities. As part of the start-up operations, the Company produced a pilot batch of approximately 20,000 tonnes of apatite concentrate, which was sent to Acron's production site.
2011

Construction at the mine site continued in 2011. The company Trest-2 (Veliky Novgorod) was named general contractor. An administrative building in Koashva, a warehouse with an assembly platform, the main step-down substation and a gas station were commissioned. On 4 November, the first tonne of ore was extracted at the Oleniy Ruchey open pit mine.

NWPC, acting under its social and economic cooperation agreement with the Kirovsk administration, transferred RUB 31 million to finance social and economic development in Kirovsk and nearby areas. A general cooperation agreement was signed between NWPC, Acron and the Government of Murmansk region.

2010

Full-scale construction was launched, with more than 1,000 people from 15 contracting organizations working at the construction site. Industrial and auxiliary facilities were built simultaneously: beneficiation plant, administrative building, gas station, assembly and storage platform, silo storehouse for apatite and nepheline concentrates, technological service and repair workshop. An open pit mine, road, bypass channel and tailing dump were also under construction. The concrete mixer and the crushing and screening facility came on line, providing the construction site with sand, rubble and concrete. NWPC purchased Komatsu mining equipment because the Japanese firm’s technology has proven to be reliable in the severe conditions of the Far North. More technology and equipment will be purchased for the facilities under construction.

An agreement concluded between the Company and the Kirovsk city administration for 2010 will result in a grant of RUB 59 million to finance social and economical events in Kirovsk and nearby areas.


2009

Construction of the mine began. The administrative building housing NWPC’s Kirovsk branch office and all the technical services were built on-site. A road was constructed to connect the site with the future open pit mine as part of the transport infrastructure project. The levelling work at the site was finished and preliminary work was carried out to lay the foundations for the main and auxiliary facilities. The construction site for the crushing and screening facility was prepared and the concrete mixer was delivered and installed. The Company obtained a license for extraction of sand-and-gravel mix from the South Kitcheyavr deposit.

NWPC signed a contract with electricity provider Inter-regional Distribution Network Company of the Northwest to supply the site with electricity.

The Company also signed a social and economic cooperation agreement with the Kirovsk city administration for 2009 and transferred RUB 16 million for development of Kirovsk and the settlement of Koashva.

2008

The design for the Oleniy Ruchey mine was completed and submitted for approval to the State Expert Review Board (Glavgosekspertiza of Russia) in June. It was approved on 30 September, and the construction permit for the mine was issued on 24 October.

In October of the same year, NWPC signed a social and economic cooperation agreement with the Murmansk regional administration for the years 2008-2013. The Company also signed a similar agreement with the Kirovsk administration for 2008.

2007

Design development of the mine at the Oleniy Ruchey apatite-nepheline ore deposit began, with Giproruda acting as general designer. The Company simultaneously conducted design and exploration work at the area of the future mine and obtained industrial ore samples. A temporary road leading to the site was built, and in September a commemorative sign was installed at the location of the future mine.

2006

NWPC contracted with Giproruda (St. Petersburg), a leading institute specializing in the design of mining enterprises, to prepare a technical and economic feasibility study for extracting and processing apatite-nepheline ore deposits located at Oleniy Ruchey and Partomchorr. On the basis of this study, technical proposals for developing these deposits were designed and NWPC used this data to participate in a tender held by the Russian Federal Subsoil Resources Management Agency in Murmansk.

On 12 October, NWPC won the license for the right to mine deposits at Oleniy Ruchey. The Partomchorr tender was cancelled due to a lack of bidders, but since NWPC had already presented a feasibility study and competitive offers, it was granted the right to develop Partomchorr as well. By 7 November, NWPC had obtained all the necessary licenses.

2005
    North-Western Phosphorous Company was founded by Acron Group on 12 August, 2005, with Sergey Fedorov as the Company's CEO. Together with a team of experts, Fedorov collected and analyzed data on phosphates deposits available at Russia's raw materials reserve fields. Oleniy Ruchey and Partomchorr deposits, both located in Murmansk region, were believed to be the most promising, so Fedorov handed the collected data over to Acron for further consideration. For years, Acron management had been interested in creating a phosphate raw material base to supply its downstream facilities with apatite concentrate. The initiative was approved after reviewing the opinions of the exploration geologists who were the first to discover these deposits and the scientists at the Kola Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

    The first presentation on NWPC took place on 4 October, in Moscow. The federal and regional government representatives, scientists and developers who took part in the presentation all supported the idea of constructing a new mine in Murmansk region. Among the key advantages of the project were replenishment of Russia’s apatite concentrate shortage, de-monopolisation of the domestic markets for apatite and nepheline concentrates, job creation, regional investment and increased tax revenue.