Stornoway completes first sale of Renard diamonds in Antwerp

 Stornoway completes first sale of Renard diamonds in AntwerpStornoway Diamond Corporation achieved selling 38,913 carats of diamonds for a total value of US$7.6 million, at the first sale of its Renard diamonds conducted in Antwerp Belgium. The sale was held between the 14th and 23rd of November. The sale price of the diamonds resulted in an average price of US$195 per carat.

Matt Manson, President and CEO of Stornoway, commented “The diamonds sold in this first sale represent a portion of our production recovered during the initial commissioning and ramp-up of the Renard project during August and September. We saw strong interest in our product assortment, with 153 diamantaires attending the tender. Pricing met or was close to our expectations on most items.”

“Recent events in India surrounding demonetization has impacted pricing and demand for certain smaller and lower quality items and, as a result, a quantity of these were withdrawn from the sale. These will be sold at a later date. Because of this, and because of a higher than expected proportion of small diamonds recovered during the ramp-up period, the result of this first sale cannot be taken as representative of the longer term pricing profile of the project. This was the first introduction of Québec diamonds to the market and a price discovery exercise. The project’s production ramp-up continues to exceed our expectations, and three tender sales have been scheduled for the first quarter of 2017,” added Matt Manson.

In a production update the company noted that as of November 15th, 2016, 244,623 tonnes of ore had been processed for an attributable carat production of 261,353 carats, representing an average grade of 107 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht). Stornoway’s guidance for FY2016, based on the March 2016 mine plan, is 220,000 carats produced, at an average grade of 97 cpht. The higher grade achieved is attributable to a better than expected mix of ore available within the open pit for processing. The focus of the ramp-up remains the management and de-watering of processed kimberlite. Ore processing rates in October achieved an average daily rate of 3,114 tonnes per day, with a peak of 4,711 tonnes per day. This increased to an average rate of 3,804 tonnes per day and a peak of 6,357 tonnes per day in the first half of November. Commercial production at Renard is defined as 60% of plant capacity, or 3,600 tonnes per day, over a 30 day period. This is expected to be achieved, on schedule, on or around December 31, 2016.

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