Welcome to the Diavik Diamond Mine website
Welcome to the Diavik Diamond Mine web site. Our web site provides an insight into the full scope of our business activities, from the operation of our open pit mine in the remote Northwest Territories of Canada to the processing of our raw product and delivery to the major diamond markets of the world.
But that is only part of our story.
As President of Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. I have overall responsibility to run a safe and profitable business that delivers value to all of the organisation's stakeholders. But I am also aware of Diavik's longer-term potential - to make a real and lasting difference to the people of the Northwest Territories. This is a goal to which I and the team at Diavik are passionately committed.
This web site therefore describes the deep respect Diavik has for the communities on whose land we mine, and the measures we are taking to ensure that their culture is honoured and that their social and economic prospects are improved.
It also describes the partnerships we have already and will continue to establish, as a major contributor to the North, to help build a more robust economy that can deliver long-term social and financial benefits to local communities.
And it describes the commitment we have to minimising the impact of our operations on the environment, and to ensuring the safety and well-being of our workforce.
These are exciting times at the Diavik Diamond Mine and we have now completed our transition from open-pit mining to an all underground mine.Underground mining operations are expected to continue beyond 2020.
In early 2010, we began mining and processing initial ore from our new underground mine. This was preceded by underground mine construction which began approximately three years earlier. In 2007 our joint venture partners, Rio Tinto and Dominion Diamond Corporation, approved funding for underground mine construction. Open pit mining ceased in September 2012 and we completed our transition to an all underground mine. For whatever reason you may be visiting our web site - as a customer, a diamond industry employee, a student, a prospective employee, a businessperson, a tourist, or a member of the general public - I hope you will gain at least a small sense of the unique character of our company and what it is that we are striving to achieve.
For us, Diavik is more than just a mine.
I welcome your comments and feedback.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.