Mine Construction and Operation

  • July

    July

    North-Western Phosphorous Company works hard to improve its landscaping, adding bright colours to contrast with the northern landscape. In July, NWPC increased its lawn area by 20,000 square meters and purchased a Husqvarna lawn tractor to care for them.

  • June

    June

    In June, NWPC representatives released about 23,000 Atlantic salmon parr into the Umba River (White Sea) to support the region’s aquatic biological resources.

    NWPC and the Kirovsk city administration signed an agreement on social and economic partnership, cooperation and collaboration for 2018. The main goal of the agreement is to develop and maintain social and municipal infrastructure in Kirovsk and the surrounding territory. Under the agreement, NWPC will transfer more than RUB 90 million to the Kirovsk budget in 2018.

  • May

    May

    On the eve of the Victory Day, celebrated on 9 May, North-Western Phosphorous Company congratulated veterans of World War II. The Company prepared gifts for veterans, home front workers, children of the war and former prisoners of Nazi concentration camps living in Apatity and Kirovsk. NWPC's employees took part in festive processions in Apatity and Kirovsk.

  • April

    April

    NWPC sponsored the 84th international Festival of the North, the year’s main sporting event in Murmansk region. The event included 15 different winter sports. In addition to financing the event, the Company's representatives awarded cash prizes to the winners of the ski marathon, the most spectacular competition, and encouraged the most determined skier with a special prize "For the Will to Win".

    In April, NWPC’s trade union celebrated its 5th anniversary. The meeting, attended by the chairman and representatives of the Murmansk Council of Trade Unions, recapped five years of work and recognised members for their personal contributions to NWPC’s trade union. The organisation itself was awarded a diploma by the Russian Trade Union of Workers in Chemical Industries for its active participation in the trade union movement.

  • March

    March

    NWPC established its own equipment maintenance and repair centre to improve servicing of the Company’s equipment and machinery. The new centre employs approximately 70 qualified workers.

  • February

    February

    In February, NWPC received a modern Simba M6C drilling rig with a high-performance СОР 3060 perforator. The Company used a similar machine to drill holes for ore breaking at the underground mine. Specialized equipment continues to arrive as the mine grows.

  • January

    In 2018, the salary of all NWPC employees were increased by three per cent under the Collective Agreement in line with the 2017 consumer price index for goods and services.  

  • December

    December

    In December, NWPC purchased an Atlas Copco Boltec MD mechanised  rock bolting rig to complete its underground machinery fleet. The Boltec MD is designed for medium-size tunnel reinforcement, and is supplied with a direct control hydraulic system for both drilling and bolting.  Operation is fully automated, and double-side hydraulic control optimises the drilling process to prevent drill jamming. Training will be provided by Atlas Copco experts from Sweden.    

  • November

    November

    NWPC management attended the plenary meeting of the sixth Murmansk International Business Week. The focal point of the meeting was the new national initiative on development in the Arctic and promoting regional industrial production.
    During Business Week, the NWPC professionals attended round tables and working groups on topics relevant to the Company’s activities, such as the interaction between mining companies and supervisory authorities in the context of adopting risk-oriented methods for inspecting hazardous production facilities, reducing energy costs at large-scale enterprises, and securing skilled manpower for the mining industry.

  • October

    October

    PJSC Dorogobuzh will process 600,000 tonnes of Oleniy Ruchey apatite concentrate annually at its new complex fertiliser production facility under an agreement between PJSC Acron and the Smolensk regional administration that was signed at the Golden Autumn trade show in the presence of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.  

    In order to unify workers and reduce equipment downtime, a training was organised for special vehicle drivers and drivers employed at the Oleniy Ruchey mining area. The programme included advanced training for the qualification Operator of Category AIII Vehicles (heavy duty trucks with load capacity over 45 mt). The examination was held by representatives of the State Technical Supervision and Control Authority, and the examiners were pleased to see that the drivers were well prepared in both theory and practice.

  • September

    September

    NWPC attended a meeting of the Strategic Partnership Board at the Apatity branch of Murmansk Arctic State University (MASU). During the course of the meeting, representatives from the University, the Kola Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the largest regional industrial producers signed an agreement to work together to design a specially-tailored training programme for MASU students. Under the agreement, regional companies will provide job training and MASU will adjust its curriculum to incorporate the companies’ suggestions. The Strategic Partnership Board expects that these changes will improve the preparedness of students who want to take production jobs immediately after graduation.  

  • July

    July

    In July, NWPC and Kirovsk municipal administration signed an agreement on social and economic partnership and cooperation, under which the Company shall pay approximately RUB 100 million to the municipal budget. Half of the funds will be allocated to cultural, educational and sports activities in Koashva settlement. The remaining amount will be used for social and community matters in Kirovsk: renovation of flats for orphans, maintenance of roads, playgrounds and public gardens.

    NWPC approved a new Collective Agreement that provides for increase of all lump-sum payments to employees for marriage, birth of a child or death of a close relative. The agreement also includes a new type of financial support – a lump-sum payment to families of deceased employees who served ten or more years. The Agreement also envisages a reward for employees inducted into the Hall of Fame. The NWPC social package will now include voluntary medical insurance for all employees.

  • June

    June

    A modern permanent plant for manufacturing emulsion explosives was commissioned at the Oleniy Ruchey mine site. The 12,000-tpa plant was constructed by Nitro Siberia, an important Russian manufacturer of emulsion explosives. The commissioning ceremony for the new plant was attended by NWPC CEO Vadim Ryazantsev and Deputy Prime Minister of the Murmansk region Grigoriy Stratiy, who remarked on the fast pace of development at the Oleniy Ruchey mine and wished the Company success.

  • June

    June

    NWPC held an environmental campaign aimed at protecting and preserving the fragile ecosystems of northern water bodies. Company representatives released Atlantic salmon parr into Umba River to restore aquatic biological resources in the region. Fish fry adapted to the northern environmental conditions were raised by specialists at the Murmansk branch of the Main Basin Department for Fisheries and Conservation of Water Biological Resources. In the near future, NWPC plans to release additional 40,000 salmon parr into the White Sea basin.

  • May

    May

    NWPC has strengthened environmental monitoring as it expands production, increasing the number of sampling points and observation posts at the plant’s exhaust facilities. The Company also signed an agreement for additional impact studies with the Federal State Institution Centre of Laboratory Analysis and Technical Metrology in Murmansk region.


    On the eve of Victory Day, which is celebrated on 9 May, NWPC congratulated veterans of World War II, Company employees and their families. NWPC prepared gifts for veterans, home front workers, children of the war and former prisoners of Nazi concentration camps living in Apatity and Kirovsk. The Company's employees took part in festive processions in Apatity and Kirovsk.

  • April

    April

    In April, the slopes of the BigWood Ski Resort saw the Third Annual Mountain Skiing Tournament for the NWPC CEO prize. The over 70 participants included mountain skiing veterans. Nadezhda Heifetz proven to be the best among the women, Yevgeny Dolgovyazov won the gold medal in men’s category for under 35, and Maksim Yushkov took first place in the men’s category for over 35.

    NWPC installed two main pipelines with a total length of 3,200 meters along the southern side of the Oleniy Ruchey open pit mine in preparation for the flood season. Taking into account the maximum water inflow and future development of the open pit mine, the Company also purchased and installed three new pumps with a lift height of 170 meters and 1,100 m3/h capacity.

  • March

    March

    Mine infrastructure continued to expand. NWPC began construction of a transhipping complex for loading apatite concentrate into railway cars directly at the mine site. At the same time, the Company purchased modern equipment and automation systems, including conveyors, aspiration systems, electric power supply, and dosing and weighing equipment for railway cars. Capital investments in the complex exceed RUB 375 million.

  • February

    February

    All new workplaces underwent a special assessment of working conditions (SAWC). The reviewers examined 88 new jobs and assigned 38 of them to the permissible class and 50 to the hazardous conditions class. Under Russian law, as of 1 February 2017 all employees engaged in hazardous work receive an additional 4% bonus to their wages for the time worked.

  • January

    January

    NWPC employees saw a 4.2% salary raise at the start of the year. Under the collective agreement, the Company annually adjusts salaries to at least match the consumer price index for the previous year (as reported by the Russian Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat)).

    In addition to football and swimming, NWPC employees can also play table tennis in a rented gym at the Kirovsk Sports Palace, which has modern tables and can host corporate sports events.

  • December

    December

    NWPC began assembly of the PentProm BO-30/18AR main fan and heating unit as a part of start-up and commissioning of stage 1 of the underground mine. The unit consists of main and backup fans and is equipped with a 3-meter impeller and 1,250-kW electric motor, ensuring up to 340 m³/sec of fresh air supply, while that the calculated optimal air flow for ventilation of the future mine is 240 m³/sec.
    Metal structures were installed for the building that houses air and heating units.

    In December, the annual mini-football tournament pitted NWPC divisions against each other, showing an increasing interest in sports on the part of the Company's employees. This year, more teams were able to participate because the Company rents space at the Athlete sports complex in Apatity for regular training.

  • November

    November

    The Company’s top managers took part in the Fifth Murmansk International Business Week. At a session on development in the Arctic region, NWPC CEO Vadim Ryazantsev presented the Company’s achievements over the past decade and its plans to construct the second stage of the Oleniy Ruchey mine. The Governor of Murmansk region, Marina Kovtun, noted in her yearly report that the region’s economy is quite strong, in no small measure due to increased mineral production.

    Progress was made on the underground site for active storage of explosives, including driving and spraying tunnels, concreting floors and building walls. This vault-type explosives storage site is one of the most important facilities at the future underground mine.

  • October

    October

    A data centre with modern multimedia equipment and display cases for exhibitions was commissioned on the ground floor of the administration building for official meetings and other events.

  • September

    September

    NWPC finished assembling an advanced Folter dust collecting system at the second and fine crushing facilities and coarse ore hopper as part of stage 2 construction of the beneficiation plant. The combined dust collecting system includes both dry (70% maximum efficiency) and wet (98-99% maximum efficiency) dust control methods.

    The Company spent around RUB 18 million to purchase, install and commission the new dust collecting system.

  • August

    August

    NWPC began construction of a proper branch railway line. With investments totalling RUB 4.5 million, the project will obviate truck transportation of apatite and reduce costs.

    The Company introduced access control and ignition interlock systems to comply with mining and industrial safety legislation.

  • July

    July

    Stage 1 of the Oleniy Ruchey mine reached design capacity. To mark the event, President Vladimir Putin gave the go-ahead via videoconference for a blast in the Oleniy Ruchey open pit mine and congratulated NWPC personnel on the project’s success.  

    NWPC won a tender for extraction of gravel and sand mix at the Umbozerskoye deposit. The license area has a daylight surface of 34 hectares.

  • June

    June

    A delegation from the Russian Chemical Industry Trade Union visited NWPC. Heads of regional organisations from all over the country held a field meeting in Khibiny. They also had a tour of the site to see ore extraction operations, underground mine construction and new equipment. The trade union leaders commended the Company for its strong safety commitment, personnel care and support of the primary trade union organisation. Chair of the Russian Chemical Industry Trade Union Alexander Sitnov awarded NWPC CEO Vadim Ryazantsev the second-degree Trade Union badge of honour For Good Work.

  • May

    May

    The Oleniy Ruchey mine received a specialized dining bus. Despite the small size, it has all the equipment necessary to provide meals for the workers: a microwave, space-saving food storage shelves, a washstand and comfortable furniture.  

  • April

    April

    NWPC has begun assembly of an improved Folter dust collecting system at the second and fine crushing facilities as part of stage 2 construction of the beneficiation plant. The new system will enhance the performance of beneficiation equipment and will help create favourable working conditions. The plant’s new "lungs" will become operational in Q3 2016.

  • March

    March

    Work was underway at the beneficiation plant to improve the quality of return industrial water and, most importantly, to decrease the content of suspended material and ions, which adversely affect apatite beneficiation.

    Thirty- and 6-meter wide thickeners will be applied for water treatment. A unique automated dosing system for flocculants – the chemical agents that purify industrial water of even the tiniest suspended particles – will further increase the efficiency of the water treatment system.  

  • February

    February

    Testing of a complex chemical agent dosing system is underway at NWPC processing plant. With this system, NWPC will achieve efficient use of expensive chemical agents at the floatation stage and improve quality of the product.