PeBeKa comes back to Wieliczka

PeBeKa comes back to Wieliczka

Published 24 June 2010

After one-year break Mine Construction Company PeBeKa S.A. comes back to do the works in monumental “Wieliczka” Salt Mine. This time employees of PeBeKa will reline pit bottoms and reinforce Regis shaft, which is the oldest existing mining shaft in Poland.

This year Mine Construction Company PeBeKa S.A. is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company’s history is inextricable connected with construction of Copper Basin and also with reconstruction works in “Wieliczka” Salt Mine started in 1985 by our company the last projects works conducted by PeBeKa in monumental mine were finished last year.

In jubilee year the company has won another tender for the works in Wieliczka mine, thanks to it the specialists from PeBeKa will come back to the mine located near Cracow after one year break. This time the company will rebuild pit bottom and reinforce the shaft for assembling two passenger and goods lifts in Regis shaft.

- Regis shaft is one of the pearls in Wieliczka mine – says Jacek Kulicki, the president of PeBeKa. Earlier between 1995-2005 we were conducting works to adopt this shaft for exploitation as a tourists’ route. We are glad to be back to “Wieliczka”, where every gallery and each chamber is known very well. It is also a feather in our cap, conducting the works in such an unusual place is an exceptional experience. After all “Wieliczka” Salt mine is one of the oldest and the most well-known Polish monumental architectural facilities. Huge responsibility rests with us, that’s why we will make every effort to do the works the best we can – assures the president Kulicki.

Medieval Regis is one of the oldest existing mining shafts in Poland. It was excavated in 14th century (the first level was sunk in 13th century) and it was a part of mines managed by an enterprise formed in 13th century called as “Żupy Krakowskie” (“Cracow Salt Mine”). Since 1978 Wieliczka mine is a monument enrolled in UNESCO list of Objects of the world Cultural and Natural Heritage, but in 1994 it was recognized as a Statue of Polish History. In 2009 “Wieliczka” Salt Mine was visited by nearly a million tourists.

25 years of experiences

The experiences gained by PeBeKa’s specialists during constructing ore mines in Legnicki and Głogowski Copper District turned out to be valuable also on a different field. In September 1985 the company’s employees started the first reconstruction and protection works in Wieliczka, referring to the oldest traditions of Polish mining at the same time.

The works conducted at intervals during the quarter of the century were required the skills of using modern materials, techniques and tools. Parallel to technical solutions not already used in extractive industry. All tasks were done under monuments conservator’s tutelage.  In “Wieliczka” the employees of PeBeKa renovated and protected chambers, such as: Warsaw, Piłsudski Lake (Jezioro Piłsudskiego), Wessel Lake, Drozdowice, Pistek and Michałowice, and also some galleries, such as: Sielec, Prokopowicz, Ferdynand d’Este, Karol and Hauer. Works effects should deserved special attention done in exhibition rooms in Salt Mine Museum in following chambers: Russegger, Maria Teresa and Alfons Długosz.

Reconstruction and protection works are going to start in July this year in Regis Shaft. Project implementation is planned for 13 months.

For more information about PeBeKa’s experiences gained in Wieliczka you can find here.

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