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November 07 Businessexcellence 147 which would hold 12 million liters of fuel. Work to increase the size of the airstrip began in September 2005 and was finished at the end of the year. The expansion allowed for the landing of Boeing 737 jets and Hercules aircraft, important for the transport of employees, the goods required for peak construction activities in 2006 and for ongoing operations. But air transport is more expensive than road, and even these aircraft have their limits, so the winter road is a crucial lifeline to a mining operation in this part of the world. In any construction project, delivery of equipment and materials is a challenge to De Beers Canada Tli Cho Logistics Inc, formed in 1998, is a 100 percent owned subsidiary of the Tli Cho Investment Corporation. With 450 employees in 2006, it is one of the largest mine site service providers in the NWT. Clients include DeBeers Canada at Snap Lake and Gah Cho Kue, Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. at Diavik, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada at the Colomac Mine (Remediation) and Fortune Minerals at their NICO mine site. Tli Cho Logistics FLSmidth Minerals Ltd. (formerly FFE Minerals Canada) supplied all of the rotary ore scrubbers to De Beers for the Snap Lake and the Victor projects. The FLSmidth Minerals group has supplied most of the diamond scrubbers in the world. FLSmidth Minerals is a supplier of crushers, materials handling, slurry processing and pyroprocessing systems, with world famous brands FLSmidth, Fuller, Vecor, ABON, Excel, Technequip, MVT, KOCH, Möller and Traylor. FLSmidth Minerals “In our experience in Canada it takes over $100 million to come to the point of decision making for a diamond mine”