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November 07 Businessexcellence De Beers Canada 153 The Ke Te Whii/Ledcor joint venture combines an established history of construction excellence with outstanding First Nations cooperation and involvement. This JV has been involved with two diamond mines to date including the Snap Lake Project since 2003. The Ke Te Whii/Ledcor JV has been responsible for the general contracting construction of the camp facility, utility plant, process plant and supporting structures. Safety leadership permeates throughout Ledcor with the many programs, training and honors we have received over the years to ensure a “safety first, safety always” site. We congratulate De Beers Canada for its commitment to Canada and wish De Beers complete success on the diamond production at the Snap Lake Project. Ke Te Whii/ Ledcor affected shipping, it did allow an early spring pouring of concrete, and the erection of steel structures commenced earlier than originally scheduled. Plans for this had to be modified, however, as the piece if equipment that failed to arrive on the winter road was the scrubber for the process plant. Holding up construction was out of the question, so a special panel was built into the roof, which could be opened later to allow the scrubber to be lowered through it. Meanwhile, work had been continuing underground, too, including construction of the conveyor tunnel and four access points to it. Work continued in 2006 to complete the 1.6 kilometer conveyor ramp to surface, and to install the associated ventilation systems. But why is Snap Lake Canada’s first fully underground mine? I wonder. “Snap Lake is a unique diamond mine,” says Gowans. Diamonds are usually found in kimberlite pipes formed millions of years ago under