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1939

1939

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.

1949

1949

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.

1958

1958

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.

1958

First stone is laid as a symbol of the beginning of Soligorsk construction.

1958

Geologists determine the shaft No. 2 center.

1958

First gate of the construction yard.

1959

1959

First pithead is installed.

1959

Sinking of a shaft collar.

1960

1960

April 25th: the first pithead above shaft No. 2 is completed

1960

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.

1960

1st May Demonstration. N. Gerasimenya with the first potash salt.

1960

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.

1961

1961

First raw material delivered to the temporary mill.

1961

Surveyors marked out the building yard of Mine 2 (near the Radkovo village).  

1962

1962

Mine 2: Installation of the pithead above the shaft No. 1 is completed; start of shaft sinking (shaft No. 3).

1963

1963

March 7th, 1963: By the Decree of the Supreme Council of the BSSR the urban settlement Soligorsk became a town of regional subordination.

1964

1964

PU 2: Construction works.
Photo: Processing plant.

1964

PU 2: Construction of a boiler station.

1964

PU 2: Construction of thickeners for the Processing Plant.

1964

PU 2: Construction of warehouses.

1964

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. .

1964

PU 3: Sinking of the shaft collar. Shaft No. 1.

1965

1965

PU 2: Pithead construction. The State Commission accepted and put into operation the 1st stage of the Production Unit.

1965

PU 2: Thickeners of Processing Plant.

1967

1967

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.

1967

PU 3: Crew of I. Polyakov hoisted the first skip of sylvinite.

1969

1969

1st stage of PU 3 is commissioned. 

1971

1971

PU 3: Pilot tests of bench mining complexes KMK-97k at the depth of 420 m (Foreman: S. Korenko).

1971

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.

1971

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.

1971

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.

1973

1973

Voluntary Saturday works. Photo: Managers of the future PU 4.

1975

1975

Transport Department is established. P. Molochko is appointed the Head of the Department.

1976

1976

PU 4: Unique experiment on installation of the pithead.

1977

1977

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.

1978

1978

PU 4: Meeting held to celebrate the commissioning of the 1st stage.

1980

1980

PU 4: Production site.

1981

1981

One hundred millionth ton of potash fertilizers produced by the miners headed by I. Savanovich and processing engineers headed by A. Kiselyov.

2003

2003

February 14th: Meeting dedicated to the foundation of the first stone announcing the beginning of construction of Krasnoslobodsky mine.

2003

PU 1: on August 29th the N. Sanikovich’s crew mined the billionth ton of potash ore. Milestone in Belaruskali history!

2003

PU 4: on October 23th the 17 km gas pipeline connected the heat power station and the main pipeline.

2004

2004

Reinforcement of the skip shaft No. 2 at Krasnoslobodsky mine.

2005

2005

Filaret, Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, the Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus, blessed the construction of Krasnoslobodsky mine facilities.

2006

2006

December 14th: Meeting dedicated to the foundation of the first stone symbolizing the beginning of construction of Berezovsky mine.

2007

2007

Geologist O. Mokh with the first potash salt mined at Krasnoslobodsky mine. The second potash level is tapped at the depth of 472 m.

2007

Construction of a warehouse having a storage capacity of 25 th. tons.

2008

2008

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.

2008

December: Beginning of mine development and construction works. The first ore is mined at Krasnoslobodsky mine

2008

April: Beginning of shaft sinking at Berezovsky mine.

2009

2009

May 7th: President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko presses the symbolic button and launches the operation of Krasnoslobodsky mine.

2009

Construction of surface facilities for Berezovsky mine.

2010

2010

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).

2010

Managers of JSC Belaruskali celebrating the 1st anniversary of Krasnoslobodsky mine operating activities.

2010

Construction of a covered 10.4 km belt conveyor between Berezovsky mine and PU 1.

2010

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.

2012

2012

Berezovsky mine: Production site.

2012

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.

2013

2013

March: Production of the first compound fertilizers in one granular.

2013

Construction of NPK Production Plant was under control of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus.

2013

NPK Production Plant.

2013

June: Drilling Station of Petrikovsky Production Unit.

2013

July: Construction of Salt Dissolution, Brine Preparation & Electrolysis Plant (chemical plant for complex and advanced processing of the chlorine-bearing product).

2014

2014

Commissioning of Chemical plant for deep complex processing of chlorine-containing mineral raw material.