Mar 19, 2015

Mountain Province Diamonds Ships Equipment to Gaucho Kué Prio to Closing of Ice Road

Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. announced  that the development of the Gahcho Kué diamond mine is progressing apace.  “The key focus of current activities is the shipment of equipment and supplies on the ice road between Yellowknife and Gahcho Kué,” the Company said in a press note.

Mountain Province President and CEO Patrick Evans commented: "Thanks to a high level of preparedness on the part of the project operator, De Beers Canada, and favourable weather conditions, approximately 78 percent of the planned deliveries had been completed by mid-March. This equates to 1,669 out of 2,143 planned truckloads. Based on progress to date, it is anticipated that all the planned deliveries will be made prior to the closing of the ice road."

These shipments include “the mining fleet, drills, high-pressure grinding rolls, structural steel, cement and fuel”, the Company said noting that  once completed, “all the key equipment required for the completion of construction will be on site at Gahcho Kué”.

Mountain Province also reported that “the overall mine development continues on schedule and within budget with first production expected during H2 2016”.

Photo: Courtesy De Beers