By Joel Scanlon
Stornoway Diamond has declared that the construction initiatives on the Route 167 Extension have begun. The road development project will facilitate road access to the 100% proprietary Renard Diamond Project of Stornoway, all throughout the year by the Chibougamau and Mistissini communities.
The release of the road's Certificate of Authorization by the Québec ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs in December was followed by the construction initiation of Route 167 Extension.
According to the President and CEO of Stornoway, Matt Manson, the development schedule for the Renard Diamond Project reflects first vehicle access to the Renard site by mid-2013. The commencement of road construction is a major objective towards the development of Quebec's first diamond mine, initiated after the release of the feasibility study in November, and the registration of its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in December.
The Québec ministère des Transports, MTQ presented several construction contracts such as the contract for the felling of trees down the entire length of the 243 km new road to the Eenatuk Forestry Corporation. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Eskan Company which is a development corporation of the Cree Nation of Mistissini, CNM.
The initiations based on the Uuchii General Contractors and other alliances associated with the construction of the Route 167 Extension project have achieved media coverage in Québec, recently. Stornoway reports state that following release of an order required by Uuchii against the CNM and the MTQ in terms of certain construction contracts, the construction work is progressing as scheduled.