A pair of green lights from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB) will shine brightly for up to 100 new employees at a diamond exploration camp north of Yellowknife.
Kennady Diamonds announced Jan. 14 the MVLWB had approved amendments to its type A land use permit and type B water licence, allowing the company to expand its exploration and evaluation programs at its Kennady North project with a new camp capacity of 150, up from 50 employees.
“The amendment approvals will allow us to expand our camp facilities at Kennady North to accommodate a broader range of activities, including core drilling, bulk sampling, environmental studies and engineering studies, all of which are scheduled to commence during Q1 2016,” Kennady Diamonds CEO Patrick Evans said in a press release. “We welcome the decision by the MVLWB and appreciate the strong support from our First Nations partners.”
The company announced simultaneously that the ice is in and its Kelvin Camp opened Jan. 5.
Construction of the bulk of the ice infrastructure has been completed, which includes the Kelvin ice road, ice runway and ice pads for drilling. The first drill crews were scheduled to arrive at Kelvin Camp by the end of last week and core drilling at the company’s Faraday 1 stake is expected to commence shortly afterwards. Preparations for the 500-tonne Kelvin North bulk sample are also “well advanced” with a pair of large-diameter reverse-circulation drill rigs scheduled to depart Yellowknife for Kelvin Camp as soon as the main ice road has opened. The bulk sampling is expected to be completed by the end of March.
The company also noted its first resource statement on its Kelvin kimberlite is nearing completion and expected to be released shortly.
The Kennady North project is comprised of 13 leases and claims located immediately to the north and west of the four leases controlled by the Gahcho Kué Joint Venture between De Beers Canada and Mountain Province. In total, Kennady has rights to explore on 16 mineral leases and 58 mineral claims totaling 61,000 hectares.