Snap Lake Diamond Mine

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Snap Lake Mine
Snap Lake mine in Feb.jpg
A mining truck exiting the mine portal, winter 2006
Location
Snap Lake Diamond Mine is located in Canada
Snap Lake Diamond Mine
Snap Lake Diamond Mine
Location in Canada
Location 220 km (140 mi) northeast of Yellowknife
Territory Northwest Territories
Country Canada
Coordinates 63°36′20″N 110°52′00″W / 63.60556°N 110.86667°W / 63.60556; -110.86667Coordinates: 63°36′20″N 110°52′00″W / 63.60556°N 110.86667°W / 63.60556; -110.86667
Production
Products Diamonds
Financial year Annually
History
Opened 2008
Owner
Company De Beers
Website De Beers Canada
Year of acquisition 2001

Snap Lake Mine is a remote fly-in/fly-out operation located about 220 km (140 mi) northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and, according to De Beers, was De Beers first mine outside of Africa. It was also Canada's first completely underground diamond mine.[1]

Construction began with the opening of an access winter road in 2005. By the end of 2013, De Beers had spent US$1.8 billion on construction and mine operation. Of that total, De Beers spent US$1.3 billion with Northwest Territories-based contractors and suppliers, including US$723 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 2013, Snap Lake Mine provided 776 person years of employment, including 274 person years of employment to Northwest Territories residents, close to the 300 NWT resident employees predicted during the mine’s environmental assessment. Approximately 400 people are working at the mine on any given day. Lifetime of the mine is estimated to be about 15 years. Resource estimates suggest 16.1 million carats over life of mine.[3]

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'.[4]

The mine is served by the Snap Lake Airport, a private airport that is strictly for cargo and passengers entering and leaving the remote site.

See also[edit]

Two loaders work outside the ore processing and recovery plant.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Snap Lake: Project Factsheet". De Beers Canada. May 28, 2009. Retrieved August 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Snap Lake Mine". DeBeers. 
  3. ^ "De Beers Analyst Seminar" (PDF). Anglo American. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Daily Planet Goes North – More Ice for the Arctic". Discovery Channel. Retrieved February 22, 2008. 

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