Snap Lake Diamond Mine

Snap Lake Diamond Mine
Snap Lake mine in Feb.jpg
A mining truck exiting the mine portal, winter 2006
Snap Lake Diamond Mine is located in Canada
Snap Lake Diamond Mine
Location in Canada

63°36′20″N 110°52′00″W / 63.60556°N 110.8666667°W / 63.60556; -110.8666667Coordinates: 63°36′20″N 110°52′00″W / 63.60556°N 110.8666667°W / 63.60556; -110.8666667

Location 220 km (140 mi) northeast of Yellowknife
Territory Northwest Territories
Country Canada
Company De Beers
Year of acquisition 2000
Products Diamonds
Production 1.1 million tonnes of ore
Financial year Annually
Opened 2007

The Snap Lake Diamond Mine is located about 220 km (140 mi) northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and, according to De Beers, was their first mine outside Africa and Canada's first completely underground diamond mine.[1]

Construction began with the opening of an access winter road in 2005. At the end of 2009, DeBeers had spent USD$1.4 billion dollars on construction and mine operation. Of that total, DeBeers spent USD$977 million with Northwest Territories-based contractors and suppliers, including USD$630 million with Aboriginal businesses or Joint Ventures.[2]

The mine began commercial production on January 16, 2008 and was officially opened on July 25, 2008. In 2007, De Beers said they planned to employ 500 people, with 250 people working in the mine at any given moment.[1] Lifetime of the mine is estimated to be 20 years. De Beers expects to produce 1.1 million tonnes (1.2 million short tons) annually with 1.2 carats (240 mg) per metric ton.[1]

The Snap Lake mine was featured in Ice Road Truckers, a television series on The History Channel. The Snap Lake mine was also featured on the Canadian Discovery channel show Daily Planet as part of the special feature 'Daily Planet Goes North – More Ice for the Arctic'.[3]

The mine is served by the Snap Lake Airport.

See also

Two loaders work outside the ore processing and recovery plant.


External links

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