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JSC PIMCU celebrated the 45th anniversary
The city of Krasnokamensk hosted main festive events on August 23rd and 24th in honor of Miner’s Day and the 45th Anniversary of the Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union (JSC PIMCU).
Vladimir Verkhovtsev, the Director General of ARMZ Uranium Holding Co.; Konstantin Ilkovsky, Deputy Governor of the Trans-Baikal Territory; the head of the legislative assembly of the Trans-Baikal Territory; representatives from the Trans-Baikal Territory government; managers from JSC Atomredmetzoloto, and the holding company’s subsidiaries and affiliates visited JSC PIMCU as part of the celebration.
ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. and JSC PIMCU managers congratulated miners in-person at their worksites, at Mine No.8, which was commissioned in December of 2012. On the first day of the celebration, honorary guests toured the main departments and facilities of the Industrial Union. They visited the Uranium Mining and Ore Division, hydrometallurgy plant, thermal power station, and the Urtuiskoye Open Cast Mining office. At the machinery and repair plant, the honorary guests saw the progress made towards implementing these projects, which are a part of the Rosatom Production System, a joint project between Rosatom State Corporation and the Toyota Japanese corporation, aimed at performance enhancement, product quality improvement, and reducing costs.
After inspecting the production facilities, officials from ARMZ Uranium Holding Co., JSC PIMCU, and the Trans-Baikal Territory government administration participated in unveiling a monument to S.S. Pokrovsky, who was the first director of the Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union, and one of the Industrial Union’s founders and directors until 1996. Vladimir Verkhovtsev, Konstantin Ilkovsky, and Sergey Shurygin (Director General of JSC PIMCU) all laid flowers at the monument.
The honorary guests also took part in the opening ceremony of the JSC PIMCU Alley to the Glory of Labor complex, which is decorated with portraits of the Industrial Union’s best professionals who achieved the highest levels of work performance. They also toured the Dauria Community Center, which had been remodeled. The audience hall and stage area was completely renovated, and the movie theater received new equipment. In the near future, Dauria will become a full-fledged youth community center in Krasnokamensk. The monument and the alley’s installation, as well as the community center’s renovation have been accomplished as part of the 45 Deeds Marking the 45th Anniversary of PIMCU program, organized specifically for the Industrial Union’s anniversary to improve working conditions, revitalize community life in Krasnokamensk, and to develop the city’s social infrastructure. ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. and JSC PIMCU allocated more than RUR 410 million to implement the program.
The “What a Profession” festival, devoted to the 45th Anniversary of JSC PIMCU and Miner’s Day, was the final event on the first day of the celebration. Vladimir Verkhovtsev, Konstantin Ilkovsky, Stepan Zhiryakov, and Sergey Shurygin congratulated the Industrial Union’s team and Krasnokamensk residents from the renovated Dauria Community Center’s stage. Vladimir Verkhovtsev noted, “PIMCU is strategically important for the entire Russian atomic industry. Today, the Industrial Union’s future is connected with implementing the comprehensive mid-term development program through 2020. Successfully attaining these goals will ensure the Industrial Union’s sustainable and progressive development for many years ahead. ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. will do its part in enabling the Industrial Union to remain an engine for the national uranium mining industry, to commission new facilities, and to enhance production capacity.”
During the festival, Vladimir Verkhovtsev, Konstantin Ilkovsky, and Stepan Zhiryakov handed out industrial and state awards to JSC PIMCU employees who achieved remarkable success in production operations. Seven people were awarded the 3rd Class Order of Merit for Atomic Industry Badge; fourteen people were given the 1st Class Miner’s Glory Badge from the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation; and five people were honored with the Order of Merit for the Trans-Baikal Territory Medal. Ten JSC PIMCU employees received commendations from the Director General of JSC Atomredmetzoloto.
Laureates for the Best Young Professional contest got cash bonuses from the Industrial Union’s management. This year, the scope of the contest was broadened to include one more category, Electrical Fitter, along with other nomination categories such as Stop Miner, Shaft Man, Timber Man, Electric and Gas Welder, Chemist, Instrumentation Fitter, and Excavator Driver. Four crews who became winners of the 45 Working Weeks before the 45th Anniversary of PIMCU marathon contest were also given an award.
Presenting prizes was alternated with performances delivered by finalists of the Second Music Creativity Project ARTnova-2013. They specifically prepared dance and song shows for this festive occasion directed by professional teachers. Performances of the project’s teachers and participants were accompanied by demonstrations of video materials about the history of PIMCU and Krasnokamensk, miners’ labor, the company’s founders, women working in the Industrial Union’s divisions, etc.
ARTnova-2013 finalists performed the PIMCU Anthem for the first time at the festival, which was written by Stanislav Shubin, a song writer from Moscow, specifically for the Industrial Union’s anniversary.
On the second day of the festival, PIMCU division employees and representatives of enterprises from other cities marched along Stroiteley Avenue in the festive parade. Groups from the Krasnokamensk Youth Union regional public organization and the Second Music Creativity Project ARTnova-2013 participated in the march for the first time.
The celebration in Krasnokamensk involved a variety show with participants such as the legendary band Mirage, as well as artists from Chita: Suren, and the rock band Post Scriptum.
One highlight of the festival was the evening performance of the outdoor song-and-dance Uranium Show performed by participants of the ARTnova-2013 Project. For the first time in the city’s history, professional light, audio, and video equipment designed for large outdoor spaces was used for the events. One of the special features of the Uranium Show was the 3D-mapping technology used, which allowed 3D images to be projected onto buildings and vehicles. The show's participants were dressed in photodiode and fluorescent garments. For the first time, heavy vehicles such as Belaz mining dump trucks were also used for the performance.
The Uranium Show gathered a record audience of more than 25,000 spectators, and the event ended with a large festive salute.