The Gahcho Kué Mine, a remote fly-in/fly-out location 280km northeast of Yellowknife, De Beers’ third diamond mine in Canada, is in the Northwest Territories.
Location: 63° 26’ 29.5” latitude and 109° 10’ 36” longitude, about 280 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Mine Area: 1,200 hectares
Average annual production: ~4.5M Carats
Located at Kennady Lake, approximately 280 km northeast of Yellowknife and 80 km southeast of De Beers’ Snap Lake Mine in the Northwest Territories, the Gahcho Kué Mine is a joint venture between De Beers Canada Inc. (51%) and Mountain Province Diamonds Inc.(49%).
De Beers, as the operator, is committed to operating this new mine to high safety standards and with deep respect for the land. The total capital cost is approximately C$1 billion. The mine began the ramp up of production in early August 2016 and was officially opened on September 20, 2016. The mine commenced commercial production in March 2017.
Gahcho Kué is an open pit operation, mining three kimberlite pipes in sequence: 5034, Hearne and Tuzo. About 530 De Beers and contractor workers are required to operate the mine during the approximately 12 year life of mine.
The mine has received numerous awards:
De Beers is committed to sustainable development in local communities and has signed six Impact Benefit Agreements (IBA) for Gahcho Kué Mine including: