Mining to cease immediately

The De Beers Group of Companies today announced it has placed its Snap Lake mine on care and maintenance. The decision follows a review of the mine’s operation, particularly in light of current market conditions.

De Beers will evaluate market conditions over the next year to determine the potential of the ore body as a viable mine.

Work to suspend production at Snap Lake has begun, and is expected to last between one to nine months. During the care and maintenance period, environmental monitoring and work required under the mine’s permits will continue.

Suspension work will require approximately 120 employees, while the care and maintenance phase will require approximately 70 employees. 41 employees have been transferred to De Beers’ Gahcho Kué Project as of today, with the potential for another 60 to transfer at some point in 2016. Regrettably, 434 employees have been notified that they will not be required for the closure and maintenance work.

Source: De Beers Canada - see full news release