Mine Construction and Operation

  • April

    April

    The Salma ski resort at Polyarnye Zori, Murmansk region, hosted an alpine skiing and snowboarding tournament for NWPC’s employees, its 5th event with NWPC’s primary trade union organization. More than 60 athletes and fans gathered on a sunny Saturday at the resort to spend time with their colleagues and compete for the title.

  • March

    March

    NWPC’s railway service received a new SDP-M2 snow plough for clearing snow from railway tracks. It is a special all-metal four-axle rail car equipped with ploughshares installed at 50 degrees to the track axis. The snow plough operates on the rail tracks at the Oleniy Ruchey station and between Oleniy Ruchey and Aikuven (JSC Apatit).

  • February

    February

    NWPC opened new vacation destinations for its employees, doubling the number of recreation opportunities from the previous year. The Company's employees will be able to spend summer 2019 in Anapa and Gelendzhik on the Black Sea coast. Year-round recreation now offers two more resorts: in addition to everyone’s favourite Acron Hotel, NWPC’s employees can enjoy spa treatment at popular Russian health centres in Altai and Pyatigorsk.

  • January

    January

    The Oleniy Ruchey mine increased production. In 2018, NWPC produced 1,214,000 tonnes of apatite concentrate, up 4% from 2017. Total apatite-nepheline ore extraction amounted to 4,500,000 tonnes. In 2018, the Company started delivering apatite concentrate by rail directly from the Oleniy Ruchey mine to the Group’s Acron and Dorogobuzh facilities.

  • December

    December

    NWPC expanded its fleet of open pit-vehicles with Komatsu HD-785-7 90-tonne dump trucks. The new vehicles meet the most stringent international environmental requirements. The truck design reduces the level of noise and fuel consumption at maximum output capacity, and its spacious body allows for easy loading with minimal losses.

  • November

    November

    In November, with the installation of conveyor supports, NWPC launched construction of a new ore transport system at the Oleniy Ruchey mine, connecting the underground mine with the beneficiation plant via an overland conveyor gallery.

    Underground load-haul-dumpers will bring extracted ore to the chute, from which point it will be transported in trucks to the underground crushing chamber and then conveyed to the coarse ore hopper at the beneficiation plant. Phase I of the conveyor complex involves construction of three kilometres of galleries. The commissioning date is planned for Q4 2019.

  • October

    October

    To prevent unauthorized entry of people and vehicles into the mine, NWPC commissioned a modern security checkpoint equipped with an automatic access control system. The checkpoint has six turnstiles equipped with alcohol detectors to comply with industrial safety laws for hazardous production facilities, mining and mineral processing.

  • September

    September

    NWPC joined Water of Russia, the nationwide annual campaign to clean bodies of water and their shorelines.  The campaign’s main goal is to reduce pressure from human activity on water bodies and to promote a careful approach to natural resources.  Over two years, NWPC has released more than 30,000 Atlantic salmon parr in the Umba River as part of its environmental programme.

  • August

    August

    NWPC commissioned a workshop for maintenance and repair of self-propelled equipment situated at the underground mine, 200 metres below ground level. It is a modern workshop that can simultaneously service two vehicles, with an inspection pit and instrument area for all primary operations, from maintenance to repairs.

  • 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.