De Beers Canada To Close Vic­tor Mine In 2019

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De Beers an­nounced that its Vic­tor mine in north­ern On­tario, Canada, will com­plete min­ing and pro­duc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in the first quar­ter of 2019, once the cur­rent open pit is de­pleted and in line with the orig­i­nal fea­si­bil­ity study and cur­rent mine plan.

Pro­duc­tion at Vic­tor mine com­menced in July 2008. The mine was forecast to pro­duce 6 mil­lion carats dur­ing its mine life and has al­ready ex­ceeded these pro­jec­tions, pro­duc­ing ap­prox­i­mately 7 mil­lion carats to date, and it will con­tinue to op­er­ate at full pro­duc­tion through­out its re­main­ing life.

The Vic­tor mine team has been recog­nised for its ex­em­plary per­for­mance through­out the life of the op­er­a­tion, with the mine be­ing named In­ter­na­tional Mine of the Year in 2009 and twice re­ceiv­ing the John T. Ryan Na­tional Award for the safest mine in Canada, in 2015 and 2016.

De Beers de­vel­oped a de­tailed mine clo­sure plan be­fore Vic­tor mine opened and pro­gres­sive recla­ma­tion work has al­ready been tak­ing place at the mine for sev­eral years. To date, this has in­cluded the plant­ing of more than 2,00,000 tree saplings and wil­low stakes that were har­vested and grown lo­cally through a com­mu­nity youth work pro­gramme.

Once the mine pit has been de­pleted in 2019, the de­mo­li­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing phase is ex­pected to take three to five years. De Beers is work­ing closely with com­mu­nity part­ners to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ment and award­ing con­tracts that will be re­quired dur­ing this phase.

Kim Truter, chief ex­ec­u­tive, De Beers Canada, said: “Vic­tor mine has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to De Beers and to Canada, and the Vic­tor mine team has con­sis­tently de­liv­ered the high­est stan­dards of per­for­mance and safety. While we are fo­cused on con­tin­u­ing to main­tain pro­duc­tion for the du­ra­tion of op­er­a­tions, we are also plan­ning re­spon­si­bly for Vic­tor mine’s clo­sure in line with the agreed mine plan and our com­mit­ment to leav­ing a pos­i­tive le­gacy.”

De Beers has been op­er­at­ing in Canada since it car­ried out its first ex­plo­ration pro­gramme in 1961. The Vic­tor kim­ber­lite clus­ter dis­cov­ery in 1987 by De Beers Ex­plo­ration was the first eco­nomic di­a­mond dis­cov­ery in Canada. In 2016, De Beers with its joint ven­ture part­ner, Moun­tain Prov­ince Di­a­monds, opened the Gah­cho Kué di­a­mond mine in Canada’s North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, the largest new di­a­mond mine to open in more than a decade.

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