In a further update on a fire that took place on Thursday at the Ekati mine site during a planned outage in the Process Plant, Dominion Diamond Corp said that damage was limited to a small area with no damage to the main structural components. "Repairs will require the replacement of one of the main degritting screens and associated components, as well as some electrical wiring and related infrastructure. The duration of the shutdown is still unknown as our team, assisted by technical experts, continues the assessment. Surface and underground mining activities were not impacted by the fire at the process plant, and continue as planned. Ore mined during the process plant downtime will be stockpiled, with the intention to prioritize the processing of the highest value material when the plant restarts."
The Incident Management Team was activated to respond to the situation and the Emergency Response Team (ERT) was called to the scene and the fire was contained, the miner said in a previous statement. All personnel were evacuated from the Process Plant and no injuries were reported.