Field Development Project

  • January – February

    January – February

    Giproruda was chosen as the Oleniy Ruchey mine general designer. At the same time, NWPC signed a series of contracts to develop the design documentation:
    • with Mehanobr Engineering to design a beneficiation plant;
    • with Lengiprotrans to perform a feasibility study for railway construction investments;
    • with the Russian Research Institute of Nature to perform an estimation of the mine’s environmental impact and to examine the sections developed by other organisations;
    • with the Kola Mine Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences to carry out research and to develop regulations;
    • with MurmanskTISIZ to carry out the engineering-construction Survey;
    • with the Russian Research Institute of Nature to prepare an environmental protection section;
    • with the Murmansk Geological Prospecting Expedition to perform detailed exploration of ore deposits located within the site borders.

  • March


    NWPC prepared its statement of intent to run a new enterprise in Murmansk region, which was considered and approved by the Murmansk Region Interdepartmental Commission on the Productive Forces Placoncrete (MVK). Because of the project’s significance for the region, the Commission recommended that the MVK members and the heads of executive and local authorities in Murmansk region and other local organisations assist NWPC with implementation of the project.

  • May


    On 25 May, NWPC, the Government of Murmansk region and the Apatity city administration held joint public hearings about the Oleniy Ruchey deposit development project and informed the community about planned economic activities and the project’s possible impact on the environment.
    All the suggestions and remarks were taken into consideration during the development of the mine and infrastructure construction projects.
    NWPC was temporarily assigned a forest plot to carry out engineering and prospecting work. The mine’s preliminary coordinates were approved by the director of the Kirovsk city administration.

  • June


    An expedition from NWPC and the Kola Mine Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences visited the deposit to consider a possible route for the temporary road and to the choose locations where adits would be driven into the ore body.

  • July – August

    July – August

    A 9.7-km dirt road leading to the future mine site was built, along with two temporary bridges. Two contracting organizations, Severtransstroy (Kandalaksha) and Apatitstroy (Apatity), were involved in the construction. The new road enabled exploration, prospecting and construction work at the future mine site.

  • September


    The first blasting operations at the site returned 1,500 tonnes of sample technological ore needed for research.
    On 25 September, a commemorative sign symbolizing the beginning of the new deposit's development was installed at the mine site and a meeting was held to mark the occasion.