Mining Updates

Ramping Up From Construction to Operations: Lessons Learned at Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 11:40 to 11:59 Theatre 2


A. Rodel (Presenting)
De Beers Canada

Gahcho Kué Mine is a success story. Discovered in 1995, the mine’s joint venture partners (De Beers Canada – 51%, the operator; Mountain Province Diamonds – 49%) successfully brought the world’s largest new diamond mine into commercial production in early 2017. Located in the Northwest Territories, 280 km northeast of Yellowknife, the mine was built ahead of time and on budget. In its first year, the mine recovered 5.9 million carats of diamonds and is poised to do even better in 2018. The mine’s safety performance continues to improve and is delivering on its socio-economic commitments to the Northwest Territories. Along the way, Gahcho Kué has received numerous awards and recognition, including national and international awards for project management, the Hatch-CIM Project Safety Award, Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce Workplace Safety Award and others.
This presentation will provide insight into:
- The ramp-up from construction into operations;
- Lessons learned along the way; and,
- The current status of the mine.