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The order from the executive director of the Vyksa metallurgical works (OJSC “VMZ”), member of the Joint Metallurgical company (CJSC “OMK”), started the pre-investment stage of the social-cultural project “The Shukhov’s heritage”, the purpose of which is the restoration and preservation of the unique lattice overhead covers of the ancient sheet-rolling shop built according to the project of the remarkable Russian engineer and architect, the academician Vladimir Grigorievich Shukhov.
Shukhovs Shells in Vyksa  
The construction of the world’s first Shukhov’s lattice shells-overhead covers of double curvature at the Vyksa metallurgical works in 1897

By the end of 2008 it is planned to examine the technical condition of Shukhov’s spans at the former sheet-rolling shop, to determine options of its further use, to estimate the scope and budget of restoration works. The building with the unique lattice overhead covers of V.G. Shukhov may house a storage facility for finished products or components, an exhibition pavilion of finished products or a sports complex. In prospect, it is planned to include the building in the tourist route “Vyksa – one of the industrial centers of Russia”.

The building of the sheet-rolling shop was built at the Nizhnyaya-Vyksa works in 1897-1898. For the first time in history V.G. Shukhov developed for it a convex sail-like lattice cover-shell of double curvature. The inventor gave the lattice cover a complete form of a space bearing structure, which was used once again only several decades later.

The 3,2 meter high steel lattice water tower in the form of a hyperboloid, which is a lattice shell with diamond-shaped cells, also built by V.G. Shukhov is located on the territory of VMZ. Supposedly, the lattice arch of the sand drying shop, built at the Verkhnyaya-Vyksa works approximately at the same time, belongs to the Shukhov’s heritage.

In order to coordinate the works on “The Shukhov’s heritage” project and to prepare the inclusion of the Shukhov’s entities at VMZ in the register of the UNESCO cultural heritage there was set up a group of people representing VMZ, OMK, Vyksa administration, Russian Fund “Shukhov Tower”, Institute for the constructional history and the protection of architectural monuments (Innsbruck, Austria) led by the head of the international project for the study and preservation of Shukhov’s heritage Professor Rainer Graefe.

“The Shukhov’s heritage” project is part of the VMZ joint project for the preservation of cultural heritage. At present the restoration of the XVIII century architectural monument – the country estate of Batashyov brothers, the founders of Vyksa works — and the renovation of the Transfiguration church in the village of Snoved, Vyksa area are being done.

The Joint Metallurgical Works (OMK) is one of the biggest domestic manufacturers of pipes, railway wheels and other metal products for energy, transport and industrial companies. OMK comprises 6 big enterprises of the metallurgical sector. The OMK pipe complex includes Vyksa metallurgical works (Nizhniy Novgorod region), Almetjevsk pipe works (The Republic of Tatarstan) and the “Trubodetal” plant (Chelyabinsk region). The OMK metallurgical complex includes Chusovskoy metallurgical works and “Gubakhinskiy koks” (Perm region), as well as Shyolkovskiy metallurgical works (Moscow region).

In 2007 OMK provided up to 18% of the Russia’s pipe consumption, including 34% of pipes with big diameter, 62% of the Russia’s railway wheel consumption and about 75% of the automobile ring consumption. In 2007 the OMK enterprises produced 1,8 million tons of various pipe products, as well as 820 thousand railway wheels. The leading Russian and foreign companies: “Gasprom”, “Russain railways”, “LUKoil”, “AK Transneft”, “Surgutneftegas”, “Rosneft”, “TNK-BP”, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, General Electric, Samsung are among the main consumers of the OMK products. The OMK products are supplied to 20 countries of the world.

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