De Beers Gahcho Kue Mine Momentum 5 Commissioning


What a great opportunity to commission the Momentum system at the De Beers Gachcho Kue Mine, a remote fly-in/fly-out location 280km northeast of Yellowknife, NWT. This is De Beers’ third diamond mine in Canada. Remote locations are no problem for our technical specialists.

The mine covers 1200 hectares and produces approximately 4.5 million carats of diamond per year. Gahcho Kue is a joint venture between De Beers Canada Inc. and Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. Situated on Kennady Lake, Gahcho Kue operates with the highest safety and environmental standards in mind. They have a deep respect for the land, its people and wildlife. Gahcho Kué is an open pit operation, mining three distinct kimberlite pipes in sequence.

From November 12-18, 2019, WipWare’s technical specialist met with personnel at Gahcho Kue to commission a 2-camera Momentum 5 Online Particle Analysis System. Upon arrival, our specialist toured the process plant to preview the installation locations. All locations showed excellent camera installations and wiring. Since all looked good, our technician proceeded with commissioning the Momentum system.

During the commissioning, the software was configured and calibrated for each camera. The cameras acquired good images and EDP settings performed well.

All procedures were completed quickly and smoothly due to the support of the Gahcho Kue team. Due to the efficient setup, De Beers and WipWare also had occasion to discuss and demonstrate further possibilities and extensions of the Momentum system and WipFrag software while onsite, as well as identifying opportunities for other WipWare.

Thank you to De Beers and the Gahcho Kue team for your assistance with the successful installation and commissioning of the Momentum system.