The development and commissioning of Ontario’s first diamond mine: Victor diamond mine

CIM Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2011
A. Hempstock, N. Morrison, R. Welyhorsky, I. Holl
Abstract The Victor diamond mine is located in the James Bay lowlands, 90 km west of the First Nations village of Attawapiskat. The project was the first of its kind in northern Ontario. The process plant was designed to produce a 95 to 98% by weight diamond concentrate through three stages of comminution, dense medium separation, and proprietary X-ray technology for final recovery. The plant was commissioned over a period of six months, commencing prior to substantial completion of construction. Through effective planning of the commissioning phase, the Victor mine start-up was safely completed nine months ahead of schedule.
Keywords: Diamonds, Construction, Dense medium separation, Commissioning
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