Uralkali presents the master plan of Berezniki and Solikamsk agglomeration

 Uralkali presents the master plan of Berezniki and Solikamsk agglomeration

On 25 November 2013 Uralkali presented the master plan for development of the towns of Berezniki, Solikamsk and Usolye. The plan was demonstrated to the representatives of the regional and federal governments, as well as heads of the Verkhnekamye towns.

In October 2011, Uralkali signed a contract with the German companies KK-Architekten and BuroHappold to develop a master plan for the towns Berezniki, Solikamsk and Usolye (a so-called “Kama triad”). The team of some of the best European architects was commissioned to prepare a development plan for the “Kama triad” and create a new and modern model of urban environment.

Uralkali has invested about USD 3 million in the development of the project, its adaptation to the requirements of the Russian legislation and preparation of the urban planning documentation.

The master plan of Berezniki and Solikamsk agglomeration has become one of the first documents of this kind in Russia. Its uniqueness lies in the integrated methodology used by the German architects. When working on the master plan, designers took into account factors, such as the condition of housing stock, communications, economic and historical trends, population migration levels, and also environmental aspects.

The plan involves the densification of existing buildings and infrastructure, as well as new construction in the “Kama triad”, with preservation of the distinctive features of each town. Thus, for example, in Berezniki it is proposed to preserve buildings of the Stalin era while relocating the city centre. Solikamsk, called the “Town of Churches”, will also retain its identity. A historical ensemble of the “Kama pearl”, the town of Usolye, will be naturally complemented with new buildings.

German architects propose to implement the master plan in several stages. The implementation of this strategy is expected to enable the evolutionary consolidation of the three towns in a single urban area in forty years.

Alexey Shcherbinin, project manager of Uralkali, commented:

Russian municipalities usually lack experience and funds to develop such a comprehensive document which would not only take into account particular qualities of a specific town, but would also mean utilising neighbouring territories. The aim of our project was to create a master plan, the implementation of which would provide residents of Berezniki, Solikamsk and Usolye with a comfortable, modern urban environment.
The team of architects from KK-Architekten and BuroHappold has a wealth of experience in similar design projects delivered not only in Germany, but also in other countries.
In our opinion, the result of two years of activity of the best European architecture schools is a living document, a kind of road map for the development of the three neighbouring towns, in accordance with best international practices.

Uralkali (www.uralkali.com/ru) is one of the world's leading potash producers with a market share of about 20%. The Company's business assets include five mines and seven processing plants located in the towns of Berezniki and Solikamsk (Perm region). The main production unit of the Company employs approximately 11,800 employees. Shares and global depositary receipts of OJSC Uralkali are listed on the Moscow Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange.

Berezniki-Solikamsk-Usolye Masterplan

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OJSC "Uralkali" (OJSC "Uralkali", Company,) is one of the world’s leading potash producers. Our aim is to produce potash fertilizers to satisfy the worldwide demand for the high-quality food; we develop potash deposits in an efficient and responsible manner in order to ensure continuous development of the Company.

We follow the principles of social responsibility and we know how important it is to respect the interests of all our stakeholders (employees, partners, investors, shareholders, government authorities, public organizations, the media and the residents of the regions of Uralkali’s corporate presence). We know that, as a large industrial company, we are expected to be reliable, open and stable. We aspire to fully meet these expectations in full by consistently implementing the strategy of sustainable development.

Planning our work for years ahead, we care about the well-being of the future generations and honor the obligations that we have undertaken voluntarily:

  • Securing the well-being and personal development of our employees;
  • Taking into account the unique social features of the regions where we work both when solving current problems and when making decisions regarding the Company’s new projects;
  • Taking all necessary actions in order to reduce the negative impact on the safety, health and living conditions of our employees, partners and residents of the territories of Uralkali’s corporate presence;
  • Maintaining an open dialogue with all the Company’s stakeholders, regularly informing all interested parties of the situation in the Company and the status of the actions taken in order to reduce and eliminate environmental and social risks;
  • Taking into account the opinions of the stakeholders when making decisions in the sphere of industrial, environmental and social safety when realizing current and future projects.

Our social policy serves as a guide for each employee of OJSC "Uralkali" and it is reflected in all our programs and plans. We understand how important it is to fulfill our obligations in a full and timely way and we are committed to finding a balance between the interests of the Company, its employees and other stakeholders. We believe that this balance is the only true foundation for the harmonious growth and development of OJSC "Uralkali" and society as a whole.


ПАО «Уралкалий» стремится к лидерству во всех сферах своей деятельности.

Охрана труда и здоровья, промышленная безопасность и охрана окружающей среды являются для нас ключевыми приоритетами и должны составлять основу всех наших действий и решений, к какому бы направлению работы компании они ни относились.

Мы понимаем, что никакие достижения, никакая экономическая выгода не могут оправдать гибель людей, вред их здоровью и ущерб, нанесённый экологии планеты. Любой человек, работающий в ПАО «Уралкалий», вправе рассчитывать на благоприятные условия труда. В то же время Компания ожидает от каждого сотрудника неукоснительного соблюдения правил техники безопасности, ответственного отношения к собственной жизни и здоровью, а также к жизни и здоровью коллег. Только поддерживая взаимное ответственное отношение к вопросам охраны труда, промышленной безопасности и охраны окружающей среды, мы сможем вывести наш бизнес на более высокий уровень развития.

Наши цели предельно ясны:

  • отсутствие несчастных случаев;
  • отсутствие аварий на производстве;
  • снижение негативного воздействия на окружающую среду.

Для достижения этих целей и для того, чтобы максимально соответствовать законодательным требованиям, мы должны организовать систему управления в области охраны труда, промышленной безопасности и охраны окружающей среды согласно разработанным стандартам.

Благодаря эффективному управлению и постоянному повышению культуры труда и безопасности в Компании, мы достигнем значительных результатов в деле предотвращения неблагоприятных ситуаций, связанных с охраной труда, промышленной безопасностью и охраной окружающей среды, и/или минимизации их последствий.

Мы твердо верим, что успешное решение этих задач обеспечит условия для устойчивого развития ПАО «Уралкалий».

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