Mountain Province updates Gahcho Kué diamond mine development
Mountain Province Diamonds is pleased to announce that development of the Gahcho Kué diamond mine is progressing according to plan with the overall project more than 87 percent complete and on track for first production during H2 2016.
Patrick Evans, Mountain Province President and CEO, commented: "We continue to make excellent progress at Gahcho Kué. Key areas of focus are remaining earthworks, commissioning of the primary crusher and diamond plant, pre-stripping and stockpiling of kimberlite as well as preparations for operational readiness."
Mountain Province is also pleased to announce that the Gahcho Kue Joint Venture has appointed Allan Rodel as the mine general manager. Mr. Rodel joined the De Beers Group in 1997 and has held a number of senior management positions, including that of Gahcho Kue project manager since 2013. Mr. Rodel has an honors degree in chemical engineering from the University of Natal and resides in Yellowknife, N.T.
In addition to Mr. Rodel, nine senior operational appointments have been made at Gahcho Kue, including the mining manager, engineering and maintenance manager, ore processing manager and technical services manager.
Under the leadership of Mr. Rodel and the operations management team, commissioning of the Gahcho Kue mine is well underway.
Mr. Evans added: "We are also pleased to report that the ice road deliveries to Gahcho Kue are proceeding to plan. Importantly, delivery of critical large mining equipment to site was completed last week with the bulk of the remaining deliveries being diesel fuel.
"The project also continues to meet our lending group's tests-to-completion with US$73M advanced to fund cash calls during Q1 2016. A total of US$231M has been drawn against the US$370M facility. An update on performance against budget will be provided with the yearend results at the end of March."
Mountain Province Diamonds is a 49% participant with De Beers Canada in the Gahcho Kué diamond mine located in Canada's Northwest Territories. Gahcho Kué is the world's largest new diamond mine and projected to be amongst the highest margin diamond mines due to the high grade and open-pit nature of the operation.
The Gahcho Kué Project consists of a cluster of four diamondiferous kimberlites, three of which have a probable mineral reserve of 35.4 million tonnes grading 1.57 carats per tonne for total diamond content of 55.5 million carats.
A 2014 NI 43-101 feasibility study report filed by Mountain Province (available on SEDAR) indicates that the Gahcho Kué project has an IRR of 32.6%.
The Gahcho Kué diamond mine is expected to produce an average of 4.5 million carats a year over a 12 year mine life.
Source: Company Press Release