Dominion Diamond applies for extension of Ekati Diamond Mine

Dominion Diamond has filed an application with the Wek' ezhii Land and Water Board requesting a new land use permit and a Class A Water Licence for extension of the Ekati Diamond Mine to include the Jay and Cardinal kimberlite pipes, which has the potential to extend the operating life of the Ekati Diamond Mine in the order of 10 to 20 years beyond the currently scheduled closure in 2019. The Jay-Cardinal Project schedule anticipates Environmental Assessment approval before the end of 2015. Construction would then commence, leading to the planned release of diamond-bearing kimberlite to the process plant by 2019.