History

In April 2010 Przedsiębiorstwo Budowy Kopalń PeBeKa S.A. (Mine Construction Company PeBeKa S.A.) celebrated its 50th anniversary. The company’s origins date back to the Mining Works Company founded in Bolesławiec in January 1953, which conducted investment mining works at the old Copper Industrial Area, including at the “Konrad” Mining Facility located on the Grodziec syncline deposit southeast of Bolesławiec. After the discovery of a new deposit in the Legnica-Głogów Copper Area, the Mining Works Company was moved to Lubin, and on its base, with a decision by the Heavy Industry Minister on April 27th 1960 the Copper Ore Mine Construction Company was founded in Lubin. In the 50 years of the company’s existence its ownership and name has changed a handful of times. Since January 1st 1999 the company operates as the Przedsiębiorstwo Budowy Kopalń PeBeKa S.A. (Mine Construction Company PeBeKa S.A.).

The company’s origin is tied to the foundation of the new Copper Industrial Area. On November 19th 1960 the PBKRM started, as the main mining works contractor at LGOM, commenced the digging of the first and pilot L-III shaft located on the East Lubin field. The shaft, currently operating under the name “Bolesław”, reached the copper ore first, and the first day of its digging is considered the inauguration of mine-building in the region.
In the preliminary stage the company focused only on shaft sinking and their equipment in newly created mines, in time it has widened its scope of activity to the creation of comprehensive mining facility infrastructure. PeBeKa’s employees have built mines from scratch, they have reached the copper ore first, sank subsequent shafts and widened the network of underground workings. This way the leading world’s copper producer’s modern mine complex was created. The complete length of all the shafts realized by the firm is 27 kilometers, and the R-IX shaft built for the Rudna mine was during its digging the deepest structure in Europe. The firm’s achievements in vertical mine works are just as impressive. The total length of galleries done by PeBeKa is 1000 kilometers – more or less the length from Wrocław to Brussels, or Gdańsk to Vienna.

The history of PeBeKa is also the history of underground railways in Warsaw. For twenty years the. Mine Construction Company PeBeKa S.A has been engaged in the construction of Warsaw’s subway. At the end of the ‘80s the General Metro Construction Management for a long time could not find a contractor willing to lead the tunnels under Łazienkowska Street. The shield technology offered by PeBeKa eliminated the threat to freeze traffic on the city’s main east-west communication route for at least two years. That was the time expected for carrying out the project with the open cut method. Two track tunnels and the technical communication tunnel, 88 meters in length each, was carried out without delay in a way that was unnoticeable for street users.  The company from Lubin as a consortium member has realized part of the B20 tunnel as well as the A20 Słodowiec underground station, it has also built seven east track tunnels between Politechnika and Marymont stations with 5400 meters of length in total. The company has also constructed the longest to date underground tunnel in Warsaw executed in one section – the eastern tunnel (1245 meters) between the Politechnika and Centrum stations. PeBeKa built the Politechnika station, the passageway under Bank Square and also participated in the realization of Centrum Racławicka Station. The most recent endeavor was the construction of Młociny transportation hub, presently the largest investment of its type in Poland. It includes: local and suburban bus station, tram station, 4-storey car park and a modern building with enough space to guarantee an uninterrupted flow of passengers to the underground A23 Młociny metro station. For the construction of Młociny metro station the company has been awarded the Golden Drill award.

The company’s experiences have led PeBeKa to become a brand recognizable also beyond the country’s borders. From a strictly mining enterprise it has become a company with a much wider profile of services and launched foreign contracts. The first export works commenced at the “Preussag” mine in Ibbenbueren, Germany. Learning to handle building transportation tunnels with conventional and special methods in any rock formation, PeBeKa constructed railway tunnels in Algeria, road tunnels in Turkey, Hong-Kong and Israel, hydrotechnical tunnel in Malaysia as well as metro tunnels in Alger and Ankara. Until today PeBeKa has carried out investments in Europe, Africa, Asia, as well as in South and Central Americas. The scope of works and financial performances allow for participation in large realizations, and the experiences gained facilitate the conducting of works on a dozen fairly distant construction sites.

PeBeKa has adjusted to the world standards of tenders, accounting and legal norms. Poland’s accession into the European Union has been a great chance for PeBeKa, which the firm took full advantage of. For several years the company functions on the union market, engages in the realization of undertakings carried out according to international standards and participates in investments co-financed with Union funds.

Important dates:

1960 (April)    –    founding of the Copper Ore Mine Construction Company (PBKRM).
       
1960 (November)    –    start the first shaft sinking at the L-III Copper Industrial Area for the „Lubin” mine.
       
1968 (July)    –    opening of the „Lubin” and „Polkowice” mines for exploitation.

1973 (June)    –    signing of the building agreement for four underground galleries under Wisłostrada, the first contract for underground works in Warsaw and a base for the subsequent metro tunnel works.
       
1974 (July)    –    ceremonial opening of the „Rudna” mine.
       
1977 (June)    –    change of name to Ore Mine Construction Company (PBKR).

1980 (September)    –    first export works – rebuilding of underground workings at the “Preussag” anthracite mine in Ibbenbueren, Germany.
       
1983 (January)    –    merge with KGHM and PBMH (Foundry Building and Montage Company).
       
1984 (June)    –    the first tunnel contract – commencing of railway tunnel building in Algeria.
       
1985 (September)    –    commencement of reconstruction works in the Wieliczka salt mine.
       
1987 (December)    –    commencement of metro tunnel boring in Warsaw.
       
1988 (May)    –    commencement of the Ist stage realization of the Alger metro construction.
       
1991 (September)    –    conversion into a branch of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.
       
1992 (December)    –    commencement of tunnel contract of  Light Rail Transit System of Ankara project, Turkey.
       
1993 (January)    –    conversion into a limited company (Ltd.).
       
1993 (September)    –    commencement of the road tunnel construction in Jerusalem and Hong-Kong.
       
1996 (January)    –    commencement of the hydrotechnical tunnel digging in Malaysia.
       
1997 (January)    –    takeover of PRG „Lubin”.
       
1998 (May)    –    commencement of works at the shaft for the hydro- power plant in the Philippines.
       
1999 (January)    –    conversion into share company.
       
2003 (August)    –    takeover of the „KWARCE” S.A. company in Mikołajowice.
       
2005 (June)    –    commencement of the works at SW-4 shaft, strategic for the Copper Industrial Area and reaching deep deposits of copper ore.
       
2007 (May)    –    commencement of the Lubin stadium construction.
       
2008 (June)    –    commencement of the SW-4 shaft sinking.
       
2008 (October)    –    conclusion of Warsaw underground Line I construction project

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