Mine Construction and Operation

  • 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.