DE BEERS CANADA and AMEC have teamed up to conduct a pre-feasibility study on the Victor diamond project in the James Bay Lowlands of northern Ontario. Victor is the largest of 16 diamondiferous kimberlite pipes discovered by De Beers in the area.
Last year De Beers and AMEC formed an alliance to perform an optimization study, engineering, procurement and construction management of the Snap Lake diamond project in the Northwest Territories. This new alliance expands on the earlier one. De Beers has filed permit applications for an underground mine at Snap Lake.
The pre-feasibility study of the Victor pipe includes an extensive drilling program; seismic and electromagnetic surveys; hydrology and geotechnical studies; civil engineering test work such as building trial structures on the muskeg; site infrastructure and design plans; environmental assessment and permitting; and a number of technical investigations to optimize capital and working costs.
De Beers, either on its own or with joint venture partners, has discovered over 200 kimberlite occurrences in 12 different areas of Canada. Along with Victor, the Gahcho Ku in the Northwest Territories and the Fort la Corne projects in Saskatchewan are in the advanced exploration stage. Extensive data on these and other projects are available at www.debeerscanada.com