History

History

January 2003: diamond production begins 
December 2002: mine virtually complete
November 2002: construction team reaches 1 million safe hours
July 2002: A154 dike completed, dewatering commences
October 2001: A154 dike earthworks completed
January 2001: mine construction begins
December 2000: Investors Rio Tinto plc and Aber Diamond Corporation approve $1.3 billion expenditure to build mine
September 2000: Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. receives all necessary permits and licenses to bring mine into production
November 1999: federal government approves project for permitting and licensing
September 1998: environmental assessment report submitted and comprehensive public involvement plan initiated
March 1998: project description submitted to federal government triggering formal environmental assessment review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
September 1997: pre-feasibility study completed
June 1997: environmental baseline studies completed
March 1997: bulk sample transported over winter road to Yellowknife for processing (approximately 21,000 carats of diamonds recovered)
July 1996: 5,900 tonne bulk sampling of A418 and A154 South pipes completed
December 1996: Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. created with head office in Yellowknife
February 1996: 75-person exploration camp erected for underground bulk sampling
1994 to 1995: pipes A21, A154-South, A154-North and A418 discovered
June 1992: Aber Resources, Kennecott Canada Exploration form Diavik joint venture
March 1992: exploration begins
1991 to 1992: Aber stakes mineral claims