SNC-Lavalin has signed a contract with Stornoway Diamonds to build power, processing and other facilities at the Renard diamond mine in Quebec, Canada.
The contract involves project management, detailed engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for work with a capital cost put at more than CA$425m (£231m).
Ore production at Renard is expected to exceed 2.16 million tonnes per year, with an anticipated average diamond production of 1.6 million carats per year.
SNC-Lavalin will provide EPCM services for the mineral processing plant, a liquid natural gas (LNG) power plant and other on-site utilities, including service buildings, water treatment facilities and infrastructure.
“We are thrilled to support Stornoway Diamonds in the development of Quebec’s first diamond mine, a project that will contribute to the success of the province’s ‘Plan Nord’ economic development strategy,” said SNC-Lavalin Group executive vice-president Dale Clarke.
Full mobilization of the Montreal-based project team has now begun, and construction is scheduled to conclude by December 2016. The team will incorporate specialised diamond processing and recovery expertise through the engagement of DRA Americas and Amec Americas.