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De Beers' Snap Lake Cutbacks

06 march 2009

Mining Weekly reports that De Beers Canada CEO, Jim Gowans reported that it is running the Snap Lake diamond mine at about 30%-40% of design capacity.
In an interview at a MineAfrica event, Gowans said that another operation in Ontario is operating at just under 100%.
As the world financial crisis and slumping economy continue, the demand for precious gems is declining and the first six months of the year will be "a real challenge" Gowan remarked.
An announcement by the De Beers group tells of production cutbacks and job cuts at its operations around the globe.  Last week De Beers said that they are laying off 128 employees and cutting back on 90 contractor positions at Snap Lake as part of the restructuring.
There has not been significant movement in diamond prices, says Gowan, despite the changing market conditions, "It's just that people are not buying:  if there is uncertainty in the market, they sit on their money," he added.
Like the rest of the group, De Beers Canada is trying to suit production to sales levels, and will continue to adapt output levels as conditions shift, particularly at Snap Lake.
"It's basically changing every week, as we monitor the industry and the sights."
The healthy margins at Victor, Ontario, will ensure that cash-flow from the mine is better protected than at lower-grade mines.
The Victor and Snap Lake facilities, which De Beers officially opened in July 2008, are the group's first producing mines above the Southern Hemisphere.
According to the mines outlook, Snap Lake is projected to produce 1.4-million carats a year for 20 years, and Victor is expected to provide 600,000 carats for a life-of-mine of 12 years.