Mountain Province Diamonds has began ramping up its Gahcho Kué diamond mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories to commercial production, following its successful commissioning.
The Gahcho Kué, a joint venture between Mountain Province Diamonds and De Beers Canada, is considered the world’s largest new diamond mine.
The project will begin commercial production in the first quarter of next year and produce an average of 4.5 million carats annually during its 12 year life.
First ore was produced on March 23 2016, with Mountain Province President and CEO Patrick Evans saying both the commissioning and ramp up activities was a “major achievement” for the joint venture.
During the ramp up commissioning phase, the site also produced two large gems; a 12.10 carat and 24.64 carat diamond.
Its first diamond sale is set to take place by the end of this year.