Mountain Province Diamonds Provides Gahcho Kué Project Update
Shares Issued and Outstanding: 100,501,351
NYSE MKT: MDM
TORONTO AND NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Mountain Province Diamonds
Inc. (“Mountain Province”, the “Company”) (TSX: MPV, NYSE MKT: MDM)
today provided an update on progress at the Gahcho Kué diamond project,
a joint venture between De Beers Canada (51%) and Mountain Province
The pioneer land use permit and quarry permit were issued in early
December 2013, and the first blast in the quarry at Gahcho Kué took
place on December 13, 2013. The quarry is providing aggregate material
for the foundations for site infrastructure, including the main camp,
process plant, fuel tanks, roads and airstrip. This work is scheduled
to be completed by end-2014. The main camp has been manufactured and is
ready for trucking to Gahcho Kué next month. The main camp and airstrip
are expected to be ready for use by mid-2014. Shareholders can view
photographs of site activities at www.mountainprovince.com.
There are currently approximately 90 people at site and this number is
expected to increase through the balance of the year. At peak
construction there will be approximately 700 people employed at Gahcho
Kué. Work to date has been completed without any lost-time injuries.
Detailed engineering design
Detailed engineering design to front-end loading (FEL) level 3 was
completed this month. Final detailed engineering under FEL 4 has
commenced and will be completed by December 2014.
Feasibility study update
Preparation of the feasibility study update is continuing and the
results are expected to be announced prior to the end of March 2014.
The updated feasibility study will include an updated Reserve
statement, updated capital and operating cost estimates, and updated
project economics. Mountain Province has commissioned WWW International
Diamond Consultants to provide an independent valuation of the Gahcho
Kué diamonds for inclusion in the feasibility study. The previous
feasibility study was based on April 2010 diamond prices, almost four
years ago. The Company will provide further details on financing plans
upon completion of the updated feasibility study.
2014 winter ice road
Gahcho Kué is now a full participant in the partnership that manages the
ice road and has equal access to the ice road. As a result of
favourable winter conditions, the ice road is expected to open in early
February, which will allow adequate time for all the planned deliveries
to Gahcho Kué. Approximately 500 truckloads will be delivered to site
before the end of March 2014.
Processing of the Gahcho Kué full Land Use Permit and Class A Water
License remains on schedule. These new permits are expected to be
approved during H2 of 2014.
Regulatory restrictions imposed on the Joint Venture limited the
material that can be trucked to site this winter. In particular,
shipments of cement and steel have been delayed. The Joint Venture is
currently exploring opportunities to mitigate the impact on the project
schedule. In the event that appropriate mitigation measures are not
found, mechanical completion of the process plant and cold
commissioning will occur in Q2 2016, and first production in Q3 2016.
Shareholders will be kept informed of developments.
Tuzo deep drilling
The Tuzo Deep resource update released in mid-2013 defined a resource at
the Tuzo kimberlite to a depth of 560 meters, with the kimberlite
remaining open to depth. The Joint Venture has commissioned a follow-up
deep drilling program this winter to test the Tuzo kimberlite to a
depth of at least 750 meters. Mobilization of the drill crews to site
was completed on January 10, 2014, and drilling of three vertical holes
to depths of 750 meters will commence in February 2014. The 2,250 meter
drill program is expected to be completed by May 2014.
Mountain Province Diamonds: Gahcho Kué is the world’s largest and richest new diamond mine. A
December 2010 feasibility study filed by Mountain Province (available
on SEDAR) indicates that Gahcho Kué has an IRR of 33.9%.
Mountain Province is a 49% participant with De Beers Canada in the
Gahcho Kué JV located at Kennady Lake in Canada’s Northwest
Territories. The Gahcho Kué Project consists of a cluster of four
diamondiferous kimberlites, three of which have a probable mineral
reserve of 31.3 million tonnes grading 1.57 carats per tonne for total
diamond content of 49 million carats.
This news release has been prepared under the supervision of Carl G.
Verley, P.Geo., who serves as the qualified person under National
This news release may contain forward-looking statements, within the
meaning of the “safe-harbor” provision of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding the Company’s business or
financial condition. Actual results could differ materially from those
described in this news release as a result of numerous factors, some of
which are outside the control of the Company.
SOURCE Mountain Province Diamonds Inc.