Ekati extension receives government approval for water usage


Dominion Diamond Corporation’s Jay project, an extension of its Ekati mine, has received government approval for a type-A water license.


This important regulatory measure will add an estimated decade to Ekati’s lifespan. According to Dominion chairman Jim Gowans, this approval is a “significant milestone for the Jay project,” acting as the “final major step in the permitting process at Jay.”

The type-A water license permits the mining company to use water under specified conditions.


The Jay project was approved for construction by Dominion in July 2016, and is the most significant undeveloped deposit at Ekati. The high-grade kimberlite pipe

Is expected to extend the mine life until 2033, and is set to be open for processing in late 2022.