EEYOU ISTCHEE JAMES BAY, Que. – Ground has been broken for Quebec’s first diamond mine.
Stornoway Diamond Corporation is developing the one-billion-dollar project in a remote area 350-kilometres north of Chibougamau.
The company — based in the Montreal suburb of Longueuil — predicts the mine will start production in the first half of 2017.
FACT FILE: Quebec’s Plan Nord
The Stornoway diamond mine is expected to yield 1.6-million carats a year over 11 years, but the company says it’s prepared to extend the mine’s life to 20 years.
The province has a 29-per-cent stake in the operation, which is expected to make the province the sixth-biggest producer of diamonds in the world.
Premier Philippe Couillard says work on the mine is a sign that “Quebec is open for business again.”
© The Canadian Press, 2014