Diavik Winter Road Re-supply Successful
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Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. is pleased to report that its 2008 winter road re-supply was successfully completed on April 7th. With no all-season road access, Diavik must transport materials required to support the Diavik Diamond Mine via a seasonal ice road, open each year for approximately two months. This year, Diavik trucked 4,174 loads (138,051 tonnes) northbound on the winter road to the mine site at Lac de Gras, and trucked 110 loads south in backhauls.In addition to supplies required to support day to day mining operations from its open pits, Diavik trucked additional loads of fuel, cement, explosives, equipment and materials to support construction currently underway to prepare for underground mining, expected to begin in 2009.
The Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road is managed by a Joint Venture Management Committee comprised of Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. and BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc. The committee is committed to constructing, operating and maintaining the winter road in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. The joint venture reports that a favourably colder winter contributed to the road’s success this year, with ice thicknesses along much of the route exceeding 60 inches (150 cm). This allowed all users to truck a total of 8,366 loads (261,270 tonnes) both northbound and as backhauls southbound. Diavik was the largest single user of the road. More information on the ice road can be found at: http://jvtcwinterroad.ca/.
The Diavik Diamond Mine, located 300 km. northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, is an unincorporated joint venture between DDMI (60%) and Harry Winston Diamond Mines Ltd. (40%). Both companies are headquartered in Yellowknife, Canada. DDMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc of London, England, and Harry Winston Diamond Mines Ltd. is wholly owned by Harry Winston Diamond Corporation of Toronto, Canada. DDMI is the operator of the project. For further information contact Tom Hoefer, Manager of Communications & External Relations at Tel: (867) 669-6500, or visit the DDMI website at www.diavik.ca.