Balaklava Mine Presents Beach Project at Vasileva Balka in Sevastopol



In March and April 2013, Sevastopol and Balaklava stakeholders discussed the project for the 'Formation of Beachside Terrain Extending into the Sea at Vasileva Balka'. The project was developed at the initiative of Balaklava Mine and provides for the construction of a man-made beachside zone at Vasileva Balka, Balaklava District of Sevastopol, within the framework of the Balaklava Green project.    

As part of the project discussion, a meeting of the Community Council under the Balaklava District State Administration took place on 27 March 2013, where the project's chief engineer Boris Shabalin presented the Vasileva Balka beachside development plans.

Moreover, the project materials and its environmental impact assessment were made available to the local community members for one-month period. The discussion was constructive and useful. The recommendations and requests were made regarding the beachside area security, design and construction stages, connection of utilities, sanitary condition and development, infrastructure development and the beach accessibility for the local residents. The community representatives also submitted their proposals on strengthening the shore front, anti-landslide measures, land development and landscaping. All the proposals and recommendations were considered and referred to the project owners. Similar discussions will become traditional at the preparatory stages for the implementation of the next Balaklava Green project phases.

Experts of the Special Design Engineering Bureau of the Marine Hydrophysical Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Institute of Hydromechanics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the Centre for Environmental Studies (Sevastopol) participated in the development of the project for the 'Formation of Beachside Terrain Extending into the Sea at Vasileva Balka' under the supervision of the Inzhzashchita Scientific and Technical Service Centre design organization. The project provides for the erection of the coast-protecting structures and embankments, development of a comfortable beach area, construction of a marina for the low- and medium-capacity vessels and a seafront.  

The project includes a 1 km long man-made shingle beach to be laid out between the Saint George and Kayabashi capes for the recreation activities of both local residents and tourists.  The designing process is carried out with due regard for the specific features of the local aquatic area, such as the dramatic fall of the sea bottom and open sea shore.  As a result of combining the unique coastal landscape with cutting-edge technologies, Balaklava will become a genuine pearl of the Black Sea. Vacationers will use the cable railroad to access the beach from the city and water transport quays to get there from the sea. The beach and the seafront are going to add to the functionality and aesthetics of the city's coastal area and the resort complex to be constructed in Balaklava.

As we reported before, on 26 December 2012, the 9th session of the Sevastopol City Council approved the ‘Detailed Layout Plan of Balaklava District in Sevastopol’ and ‘Detailed Layout Plan of Gasfort Mountain Area’, stipulating the construction of the multifunctional all-year-round recreational project Balaklava Green on the Balaklava Mine's land.

The Balaklava Green project envisages a phased abandonment of the mining and processing operations in Balaklava Bay, rehabilitation of the mine’s land and construction of the multifunctional all-year-round resort complex. The project implementation will contribute to the region's environmental recovery and social and economic development. Smart-Holding is going to finance the project measures along with other investors. The planned project investment shall amount to approximately USD 2 billion. After the resort facilities are commissioned, Balaklava Mine shall be converted into the Balaklava Green infrastructure management company.  

Balaklava Mine launched the preparatory operations for the Balaklava Green project in 2011 and continued them actively throughout 2012. Last year alone, more than 950,000 tonnes or 360,000 cubic metres of rock mass were removed in the course of preparatory operations for the resort construction.