Development stages

Development of the Talitsky area of the Verkhnekamsk potassium-magnesium salt deposit is one of Acron Group’s priority projects as it moves to create a new potash raw materials base. The project is being implemented by Closed Joint Stock Company Verkhnekamsk Potash Company.

The license area is 69.5 square km, located within the territory under the control of the city of Berezniky and Usolsky municipal district, Perm Krai, on the eastern edge of the southern part of the Verkhnekamsk potassium-magnesium salt deposit.

In 2008, the company obtained the subsoil use license PEM 14465 TE and began exploration in the licence area that made up the project’s first stage. Based on the exploration findings, a feasibility study of final conditions and potash deposit calculation of the Talitsky area of the Verkhnekamsk potassium-magnesium salt deposit were performed.

In 2009-2012, VPC developed the project design, performed preliminary work and obtained approval from the State Expert Review Board for the project “Construction of vertical mine shafts”. In late 2012, VPC began preparatory work for shafts freezing with the subsequent shafts sinking.

In 2013-2015, VPC continued design work, obtained a positive finding from the state expert review board for construction of the underground mine and external engineering network at the Talitsky mine. Preparation for shaft freezing and further sinking is underway.

In 2016, the state expert review board issued a positive finding for VPC’s construction of linear structures and surface facilities at the Talitsky mine. The Company continued preparation for freezing and sinking of the mine shafts. 

In 2017, VPC completed general preparation for vertical shaft freezing and subsequent sinking. The Company completed detailed engineering documentation for construction of the Talitsky mine auxiliary infrastructure (natural gas supply and railroad facilities).

In 2018, the Company started to sink two shafts simultaneously with soil freezing.  

In 2011, VPC started working on the design documentation for the Talitsky mine construction.

In November 2012, construction of the Talitsky mine began, which is the second stage of potash raw material base.