The Article presents the results of long-term investigations of the problem concerning the protection of shafts with pillars of reduced sizes under conditions of the Talnakh and Oktiabrsky deposits. The principal potentiality of partial mining of shaft-bottom pillars VS-3 and GS has been proved at the Oktiabrsky ore mine. Certain recommendations are given on optimization of parameters of shaft-bottom protective pillars.
Consideration is given to the geological, mining and operating conditions of the Norilsk industrial district. The analysis is made of the present-day state of mining production of the Zapoliarny branch of the Norilsk Nickel Co. The principal trends in the safe and efficient exploration of the raw material resources base have been stated within the Norilsk industrial district .