A jubilee year in PeBeKa

A jubilee year in PeBeKa

Published 05 January 2010

Mine Construction Company PeBeKa from Lubin is celebrating the 50th anniversary this year. During this special year the company is planning to organize a scientific symposium, street exhibition and meetings with pioneers of Copper Basin.

The beginning of PeBeKa is inextricably linked with discovery of copper ore in Lubin and Sieroszowice district and constructing Copper Industrial Area, one of the biggest industrial undertakings in Europe. 27th April 1960 the Minister of Heavy Industrial formed Mine Construction Company of Copper Ore (PBKRM) with its registered office in Lubin. The company was formed as the main mining works constructor in Legnica-Głogów Copper Area. PBKRM immediately started to do the mining works. On 19th November 1960 the first hoppit was already won from pilot L-III shaft of “Lubin” mine (later named in honour of professor Sztukowski – Boleslaw).
Within fifty years PeBeKa was changing the name and its functioning structure for several times, however, all the time the company has been continuing the construction of Copper Basin with all indispensable infrastructure to its functioning. Today, the length of galleries built by the mining company is over 1000 kilometres. The company has sunk 29 mining shafts. At the moment the company is sinking the 30th shaft built in Łagoszów Mały near Głogów, which will allow to develop
a new mining area so-called Deep Industrial Głogów (Głogów Głęboki Przemysłowy).

- It is a great pleasure to manage PeBeKa in such watershed moment, when the company is celebrating its 50th anniversary – says Jacek Kulicki, the president of PeBeKa. – Especially for me it is an exceptional moment. My all career is connected with the Enterprise and its tradition is also for me a base of work ethics and indicator of the most important values.

The first publications of half a century PeBeKa’s history will already come out in January.  A series of recollections will appear in internal company’s documents described by retired and long standing employees, who tell about the most important experiences, such as: works at the first shafts sinking of Copper Industrial Area, reaching the copper ore and works done by PeBeKa around the world.

Scientific symposium that will sum-up experiences to date of PeBeKa in the scope of mining and metropolitan construction is planed to be in April. The conference will take place on 22nd April in
J. Wyżykowski meeting hall in registered office of the Board of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.  During the symposium occasional statuettes and jubilee medals will be given to the pioneers constructing the Copper Industrial Area and standing out employees. A street exhibition is also planed to be in Lubin in order to remind residents of the greatest historical achievements of PeBeKa. The company is also preparing a series of meeting with old-age pensioners and former employees.

PeBeKa in numbers
18 tunnels constructed within foreign contracts,
18.6 km is a total length of roads and railway tunnels and 5,4km of underground tunnels in
22 completions of export contracts,
28 months of constant construction of Bielany section for Warsaw underground,
29 mining shafts sank for KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.,
100 km of band conveyors installed in copper mines,
500 km completion of pipelines of diameters up to 1,200 mm,
754 metres is “Bolesław” shaft sank as the first one in the area of Copper Basin by the company,
1,000 kilometres are the gangways constructed by the Company in Copper Basin,
1,243 metres (from shaft sump to foundation) is the deepest R-IX shaft,
1,245 metres is the longest eastern tunnel constructed in one section of Warsaw underground B-12/13 between “Politechnika” and “Centrum” stations,
1,345 metres is the length of Warsaw tunnel – B-18 eastern tunnel between “Dworzec Gdański” and “Plac Wilsona” stations,
3,000 metres long are Cheung Ching tunnels in Hong Kong,
27,700 metres is a total depth of shafts constructed in Copper Basin,
400,000 metres square is the surface of “Młociny” transportation hub in Warsaw where
20,000 passengers are daily served,
700,000 m3 is a capacity of underground mining chambers completed by the Company.

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