Andrey Varichev Mikhailovsky GOK opens up to welcome first tourists
16 September 2021
Andrey Varichev Mikhailovsky GOK (part of Metalloinvest) officially launched industrial tourism at the enterprise, with an opening ceremony held at its southern observation deck.
Roman Starovoit, Governor of the Kursk region, commented: "The development of industrial tourism will help to strengthen the region's economy and its partnerships with its neighbours. We are developing several tourist destinations, comprising both local history and cultural components. Mikhailovsky GOK’s hi-tech industrial production sites are an example of the unique facilities that can attract visitors to the region while also offering something new for locals.”
Julia Mazanova, Deputy CEO for Sustainable Development and Corporate Communications at Management Company Metalloinvest, said: "Industrial tourism is part of the Company's integrated approach toward developing our towns. We plan to organise sightseeing tours at all Metalloinvest enterprises, starting with Mikhailovsky GOK which was the first to open its doors to visitors. The enterprise is contributing towards the creation of a creative atmosphere while also increasing the town’s tourist appeal. The opening of the ‘Tangents’ exhibition today at the Cicory Centre for Contemporary Art only goes to confirm this.
“Visits to the open-pit mine and to the enterprise’s impressive production facilities will be included in the Kursk region's tourist itineraries and will serve to boost investment in the region.”
Anton Zakharov, Managing Director of Mikhailovsky GOK, said: “Today, we are officially launching industrial tourism at one of the most interesting production facilities in the country, at Mikhailovsky GOK. To see the enterprise’s colossal scale with your own eyes and to understand how metal is made will be of interest even to those who have a surface-level interest in our industry.”
The project will introduce visitors to the cutting-edge technologies of the metals and mining industry as well as to Metalloinvest’s green metallurgy principles, and will also serve to popularise working professions.
The passport for Mikhailovsky GOK’s industrial tourist #1 and a certificate for visiting the Company’s other enterprises with a study tour was symbolically handed over on the day by Anton Zakharov to Dmitry Zolotukhin, an honours student and activist from Zheleznogorsk Mining and Metallurgical College, and a Metalloinvest scholarship recipient.
The southern observation deck is the centrepiece of three walking routes created at Mikhailovsky GOK. Visitors can observe a large-scale panorama of the open-pit mine and the entire process of ore extraction, including the work of crushing and conveyor facility, boring machines, excavators, railroad and motor transport. Visitors can also have their photo taken with the 130-tonne BelAZ, a real giant of the open-pit mine.
The Cicory Centre for Contemporary Art, which was opened with the support of Metalloinvest and the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, is also part of the tourist route.
Coinciding with the launch of industrial tourism at the enterprise, the art centre has opened the ‘Where to find tangents?’ exhibition. It offers an artistic vision of the processes involved in mining, with a special, creative look at the relationship between the town, the enterprise and the environment.
More information about the routes and the tour schedule can be found at www.hochunamgok.ru
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