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Fire at Ekati Mine extinguished

2016-06-28


Dominion Diamond Corporation reports that the fire which occurred in the process plant at the Ekati Diamond Mine on June 23rd was successfully extinguished on the same day, all personnel were safely evacuated from the plant and no injuries have been reported.

The initial assessment of the process plant confirms damages were limited to a small area, with no damage to the main structural components. Repairs will require the replacement of one of the main degritting screens and associated components, as well as some electrical wiring and related infrastructure.

The duration of the shutdown is still unknown as our team, assisted by technical experts, continues the assessment.Surface and underground mining activities were not impacted by the fire at the process plant, and continue as planned. Ore mined during the process plant downtime will be stockpiled, with the intention to prioritize the processing of the highest value material when the plant restarts.