Mine Construction and Operation

  • 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.

  • January

    On 1 January 2015, employees' salaries were adjusted for inflation and increased 5%, with a 10% increase in the allowance for living expenses. The regional premium rate applied to payroll was changed to 1.5 from 1.4.

  • February

    February

    NWPC completed assembly and installation of the beneficiation plant equipment for stage 2, substage 1 (ore dressing facility). 
    On 24 February, NWPC changed its registered address from the address in Apatity to its actual address in close proximity to the Oleniy Ruchey mine in Koashva settlement (subordinate territory of Kirovsk city).


  • March

    March

    On 2 March, North-Western Phosphorous Company signed a social and economic partnership and cooperation agreement for 2015 with the Kirovsk city administration, under which the Company will transfer RUB 79,690,000 to the Kirovsk budget.
    NWPC began start-up and commissioning of new equipment at the beneficiation plant as part of stage 2 of the project. The new ore-dressing facility was assembled and commissioned at the crushing section of the beneficiation plant. At the grinding and flotation section in the facility's main building, NWPC installed and commissioned the fourth CISA flotation column and pumps.
    At section 1 of the underground mine, NWPC put into operation a new Robbins HR73 drilling rig designed for boring vertical and inclined raises. 


  • April

    April

    On 20 April, NWPC reached the 100-meter mark at the pre-sunk section of the mine service shaft.

  • May

    May

    Two million tonnes of ore have been produced at the Oleniy Ruchey open pit mine year-to-date.
    On 13 May, NWPC completed construction of the open pit mine water drainage and open pit and underground mines water purification complex.
    Two million tonnes of apatite concentrate were produced at the beneficiation plant from the beginning of start-up operations through 23 May.
    In May, more than 500,000 tonnes of apatite-nepheline ore were extracted at the Oleniy Ruchey mine.


  • June

    June

    On 26 June, NWPC conducted overall fire drills. Fire service employees demonstrated a high level of qualification.
    10 million tonnes of ore have been extracted at the open pit mine since the beginning of construction.
    The beneficiation plant processed 420,000 tonnes of apatite-nepheline ore and produced 104,000 tonnes of the apatite concentrate. NWPC shipped 108,000 tonnes of the apatite concentrate to consumers.
    More than 500 meters of shafts and galleries were sunk and tunnelled at section 1 of the underground mine.
    Work underway includes assembly of apatite concentrate thickeners, stage 2 of the nepheline cycle and protective structures.


  • July

    July

    Apatite concentrate output at the beneficiation plant reached 107,000 tonnes.
    Two MAN trucks for carrying apatite concentrate were delivered to the Oleniy Ruchey mine site.


  • August

    August

    In mid-July, 13 kilometres of tunnels were completed at underground mine area No. 1.   In August, Diamec U4 drilling rig was delivered to the mine site for exploration. NWPC specialists will start underground drilling in autumn, after which this new equipment will be used at the open pit mine, considerably reducing exploration costs.
    On 22 August, NWPC celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Kirovsk community cultural centre.

  • January

    January

    NWPC held an art competition for children called Oleniy Ruchey: Mine of the Future. Ksenya Vinogradova’s Deer at the Creek painting won the Grand Prize. Arina Kuzmenkova was the winner in the youngest group; Elizaveta Ryabitskaya won first prize in the middle school age group, and Arkady Grigoryev in the senior group.

  • February

    February

    On 28 February, North-Western Phosphorous Company and the Kirovsk administration signed a social and economic cooperation agreement for 2014. Under the agreement, RUB 41.640 million will be transferred to the Kirovsk budget.

  • March

    March

    A number of main and auxiliary facilities were launched at the Oleniy Ruchey mine site: installation and storage area, equipment and material warehouse, gas station, administrative and service centre, boiler, 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, tailing dam with tailing facilities, electrical power supply system, telecommunication and automation facilities.

  • April

    April

    On 25 April, the Ministry of Construction and Regional Development of Murmansk region issued a permit to commission the remaining Stage 1 facilities at the Oleniy Ruchey mine, including 38 units of the beneficiation plant.