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Gahcho Kué Mine Nears First Production

Jun 20, 2016 10:51 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Mountain Province Diamonds said it expects production at its new Gahcho Kué mine in Canada to start in the third quarter. The company had previously only given a scheduled start date of the second half of the year.

The miner, a 49-percent participant in the project with De Beers Canada, achieved “mechanical completion” of the primary crusher and said commissioning of the process plant continues to progress “well.”

The specific timing within the third quarter will depend on progress with the remaining commissioning.

“Key areas of focus are finalization of commissioning of the process plant, remaining earthworks, pre-stripping and mining of kimberlite, as well as preparations for operational readiness,” said Patrick Evans, Mountain Province’s chief executive officer.

Mountain Province has concluded all the necessary contract arrangements to be in a position to receive, sort and sell its share of diamond production from the new mine, the company said. The company appointed Mark Pearton as manager of diamond operations and Elizabeth Swanson as manager of diamond analysis. Both have “considerable” experience working at Rio Tinto Diamonds.

The number of permanent staff at the mine is 290, including 91 experienced employees transferred when De Beers stopped work at its Snap Lake mine.
Tags: Canada, De Beers, De Beers Canada, Gahcho Kué, mountain province, Mountain Province Diamonds, Patrick Evans, Rapaport News
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