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Resource Update Boosts Mountain Province

Average price rose 25% according to new estimate.
Apr 14, 2019 9:44 AM   By Rapaport News
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 Diamond resources at Mountain Province’s exploration project in Canada’s Northwest Territories are 74% higher than the company originally estimated, according to a revised evaluation.

The Faraday 2 deposit, one of three pipes in the miner’s Kennady North project, has 5.5 million carats of diamonds, a recent study by external consulting companies Aurora Geosciences and SRK Consulting found. That figure was reevaluated from a 2017 estimate, which listed the mine’s total contents at 3.13 million carats, Mountain Province said last week. Mountain Province’s stock rose nearly 10% Thursday following the announcement. 

The new estimate includes the northwest extension, a pipe discovered in 2017, which extended the deposit by 150 meters. The Kennady site lies approximately 10 kilometers northeast of the company’s Gahcho Kué project.

Aurora also updated Kennady’s average price for rough from the site to $140 per carat, a 25% improvement versus the previous estimate of $112 per carat.

“The inclusion of the northwest extension at Faraday 2 has greatly increased the value of this resource and, at an average diamond value of $140 per carat, offers significant potential,” said Mountain Province CEO Stuart Brown. “We are very pleased with the results of this exploration program and view this as a positive step towards potentially extending our operations beyond the existing mine plan at Gahcho Kué.”

Image: The Kennady exploration project. (Mountain Province)
Tags: Aurora Geosciences, Faraday, Gahcho Kue, kennady, kennady north, mountain province, Rapaport News, SRK Consulting, stuart brown
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