The territory’s Gahcho Kué diamond mine officially began commercial production Thursday.
The mine, located 280 kilometers northeast of Yellowknife, is expected to produce around 54 million carats of rough diamonds over its lifetime.
Thursday’s announcement marks an important operational milestone and also comes slightly ahead of schedule.
Since the mine started producing diamonds last year, the plan was always to begin commercial production in the first quarter of 2017.
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