The bold
mining journey

A shaft construction excursion

On the sprawling site of the Nezhinsky mine in Lyuban, Belarus – about a two hour drive south of Minsk – Marcus Winterer climbs into a metal manrider. In the past two years it has taken him vertically underground on countless occasions. Winterer is one of the supervisors for two innovative Shaft Boring Roadheaders (SBR) from Herrenknecht. These two high-tech giants sank two shafts here in record time, 750 and 697 meters deep and 8 meters in diameter. As the 2,300kW hoist starts with a clear signal, Marcus Winterer descends into the depths at 8 meters per second.

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„No doubt,
this is pioneering technology!“

The willingness to innovate, work safety at the highest level and shining eyes. Five members of the Nezhinsky team report on a pioneering project.

Jochen Greinacher
Martin-Devid Herrenknecht
Frank Otten
Michael Niermann
Patrick Rennkamp
Back above ground

Faster shaft sinking


in two years

June and August 2018

Workshop acceptance in Schwanau

December 2018

Launching Ceremony in Belarus

April 2019

Depth of -100m reached

March 2020

107m per month excavated in shaft 1
and 102m per month in shaft 2

April 2020

Record: 144m per month excavated in shaft 1

July 17, 2020

Last kibble hoisted in shaft 2

Final depth reached in shaft 1
Mission accomplished:

SBR left shaft 2

0 m
Shaft boring roadheader


The Herrenknecht Shaft Boring Roadheader (SBR) excavates shafts with large diameters (7 – 12 m) to great depths solely by mechanical means. It achieves high advance rates in soft to medium-hard rock. At the same time, the machine concept implements the highest standards in occupational safety. Learn more about the SBR technology.

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Martin-Devid Herrenknecht

Martin-Devid Herrenknecht

General Manager
Business Area Mining

Patrick Rennkamp

Patrick Rennkamp

Product Manager
Business Area Mining