One of the discoverers of the Starobin potash deposit and the author of the geological map of Belarus bedrocks is Gerasim Bogomolov. In 1939 he founded and headed the world’s first Research Institute of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology.
In spring of that year the Starobin deposit of potash salts is discovered.
May 11th, 1949: the drilling of the first exploratory well is started.
July 9th, 1949: the first core of sylvinite crystals is hoisted from the depth of 349 m. Geologists by the first drill rig.
Based on the Decree of the Head of Glass and Chemical Industry Administration No. 174 the Order No. 1 to start the Satrobin Potash Plant is issued.
Oleg Timofeyev is appointed the director of SPP. June 21st, 1958 is considered to be the date of establishment of our enterprise.
First stone is laid as a symbol of the beginning of Soligorsk construction.
Geologists determine the shaft No. 2 center.
First gate of the construction yard.
First pithead is installed.
Sinking of a shaft collar.
April 25th: the first pithead above shaft No. 2 is completed
April 30th, 05:30 a.m.: minable level of potash salts tapped at the depth of 414 m of shaft No. 2 and the first bucket of sylvinite hoisted. This first sylvinite is mined by the shaft sinkers from Nikolay Gerasimenya’s crew.
1st May Demonstration. N. Gerasimenya with the first potash salt.
July 26th, shaft No. 2: the first explosion thundered. It was the start of the first horizontal mining workings. Mine of PU 1 began its operations.
Photo: I. Okolelov, Foreman driller and blaster.
First raw material delivered to the temporary mill.
Surveyors marked out the building yard of Mine 2 (near the Radkovo village).
Mine 2: Installation of the pithead above the shaft No. 1 is completed; start of shaft sinking (shaft No. 3).
March 7th, 1963: By the Decree of the Supreme Council of the BSSR the urban settlement Soligorsk became a town of regional subordination.
PU 2: Construction works.
Photo: Processing plant.
PU 2: Construction of a boiler station.
PU 2: Construction of thickeners for the Processing Plant.
PU 2: Construction of warehouses.
Council of Ministers of the BSSR adopted a resolution on the construction of PU 3 and scheduled shaft sinking. Layout of axes of the shaft No. 1 at PU 3. Weather conditions: -25°C, strong wind. .
PU 3: Sinking of the shaft collar. Shaft No. 1.
PU 2: Pithead construction. The State Commission accepted and put into operation the 1st stage of the Production Unit.
PU 2: Thickeners of Processing Plant.
The State Commission put into operation the 2nd stage of PU 2. On December 24th the Processing Plant produced the first concentrate of potash fertilizers.
Photo: PU 2.
PU 3: Crew of I. Polyakov hoisted the first skip of sylvinite.
1st stage of PU 3 is commissioned.
PU 3: Pilot tests of bench mining complexes KMK-97k at the depth of 420 m (Foreman: S. Korenko).
PU 2: Crew of L. Kalinin with a road header PK-8 set a mining record (3815 long meters) and mined 64 th. tons of ore.
Crew of S. Kazakevich set another record. Within 31 working days the road header PK-8 mined 4551 long meters and the crew hoisted 76 th. tons of ore.
Beginning of construction of PU 4 near the village Zelyony Mokh between Soligorsk and Luban districts. The first crew of workers arrived at the building yard. They make preparations necessary to sink the pit and construct the drilling mud building. The reserves of the 4th mining field (the biggest one) of the Starobin deposit will be used as mineral resource base. The 4th mining field is 220 m2.
Voluntary Saturday works. Photo: Managers of the future PU 4.
Transport Department is established. P. Molochko is appointed the Head of the Department.
PU 4: Unique experiment on installation of the pithead.
1st stage of the boiler station is commissioned. Its construction was started in 1976. In 2003 the boiler station is reconstructed into a heat power station.
PU 4: Meeting held to celebrate the commissioning of the 1st stage.
PU 4: Production site.
One hundred millionth ton of potash fertilizers produced by the miners headed by I. Savanovich and processing engineers headed by A. Kiselyov.
February 14th: Meeting dedicated to the foundation of the first stone announcing the beginning of construction of Krasnoslobodsky mine.
PU 1: on August 29th the N. Sanikovich’s crew mined the billionth ton of potash ore. Milestone in Belaruskali history!
PU 4: on October 23th the 17 km gas pipeline connected the heat power station and the main pipeline.
Reinforcement of the skip shaft No. 2 at Krasnoslobodsky mine.
Filaret, Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, the Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus, blessed the construction of Krasnoslobodsky mine facilities.
December 14th: Meeting dedicated to the foundation of the first stone symbolizing the beginning of construction of Berezovsky mine.
Geologist O. Mokh with the first potash salt mined at Krasnoslobodsky mine. The second potash level is tapped at the depth of 472 m.
Construction of a warehouse having a storage capacity of 25 th. tons.
November: Commissioning of a warehouse having a capacity of 25 th. tons and a covered 6.5 km belt conveyor running between Krasnoslobodsky mine and PU 2.
December: Beginning of mine development and construction works. The first ore is mined at Krasnoslobodsky mine
April: Beginning of shaft sinking at Berezovsky mine.
May 7th: President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko presses the symbolic button and launches the operation of Krasnoslobodsky mine.
Construction of surface facilities for Berezovsky mine.
October 26th: The millionth ton of ore is mined at Krasnoslobodsky mine.
Photo: I. Kozhich (Director of PU 2), A. Gerasimovich (Foreman miner), A. Chayanov (General Manager of the Mine).
Managers of JSC Belaruskali celebrating the 1st anniversary of Krasnoslobodsky mine operating activities.
Construction of a covered 10.4 km belt conveyor between Berezovsky mine and PU 1.
October: For the first time in the world mine development practice the horizontal workings (mining field of PU 4) and a vertical shaft (Berezovsky mine) are holed through.
Berezovsky mine: Production site.
July: Opening ceremony of Berezovsky mine headed by the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Minsk Region B. Batura and the Director General of JSC Belaruskali V. Kirienko. The certificate of commissioning of the 1st stage of Berezovsky mine is signed on June 29th, 2012.
March: Production of the first compound fertilizers in one granular.
Construction of NPK Production Plant was under control of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus.
NPK Production Plant.
June: Drilling Station of Petrikovsky Production Unit.
July: Construction of Salt Dissolution, Brine Preparation & Electrolysis Plant (chemical plant for complex and advanced processing of the chlorine-bearing product).
Commissioning of Chemical plant for deep complex processing of chlorine-containing mineral raw material.