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De Beers Canada Safely completes Record Winter Road Program

Press Release

11 Apr 2019

De Beers Canada successfully completed a record winter road re-supply program that delivered nearly 50 million litres of fuel and approximately 63,000 tonnes of cargo to Gahcho Kué Mine over 55 days.

The De Beers Canada program was completed with zero injuries and no environmental incidents.

The 50 million litres was the most ever delivered to the site during a single winter road campaign. More than 1,000 loads of fuel were hauled directly from Hay River to the Gahcho Kué Mine site, a distance of approximately 1,000 km.

A re-supply of replacement motors and other spare parts for heavy equipment was another critical part of the campaign to allow the site’s mobile maintenance shop to continue to service the mining fleet and avoid costly airfreight to the mine site.

Overall, 1,735 loads brought fuel, explosives, general freight and other items northbound to the mine. Some of the larger items included two spare scrubbers for the mine’s process plant, a drill and a new excavator.

There were also 63 backhaul loads of recycling and other items.

2019 Winter Road Numbers:

Cargo loads (inbound) 594 truckloads
Fuel 49.9 million litres or 1,078 truckloads
Backhauls 63 truckloads


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