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Fire Halts Operations at Stornoway Mine

Jul 3, 2018 3:30 AM   By Rapaport News
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Stornoway Diamond Corporation has suspended operations at the Renard mine in Canada due to a local forest fire.

The blaze had reached within 100 meters of the mine’s access road as of 6:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) Monday, Stornoway said. It was also 3.6 kilometers south of the Clarence and Abel Swallow Airport, which serves the project site, though it was still 12.6 kilometers south of the mine itself.

“While mine facilities are in no immediate danger, the location of the fire means that access to the site is affected,” the company explained. “For precautionary reasons, non-essential staff are being evacuated and road deliveries suspended until normal safe working conditions can be reestablished.”

Northerly winds are causing the fire to spread. There is likely to be rain and a change in wind direction in the next 24 to 48 hours, according to forecasts, Stornoway said Monday.

Stornoway owns 100% of the Renard mine, where production began in July 2016.

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