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Chidliak Advance Exploration: Diamonds

Located on Baffin Island, 120 kilometres northeast of Iqaluit, Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Drill Support

Year: 2014–2015
Client: Peregrine Diamonds Ltd.
Project Scope Performed Under: Nuna Pang Contracting Ltd., a partnership with Pangnirtung Eskimo Co-Operative Limited

Nuna Pang Contracting Ltd. carried out drill support services.

CH-6 Deposit: 508 Tonne Bulk Sample

Year: 2013
Client: Peregrine Diamonds Ltd.
Project Scope Performed Under: Nuna Pang Contracting Ltd., a partnership with Pangnirtung Eskimo Co-Operative Limited

 

Nuna Pang Contracting Ltd. was initially contracted to establish an overland access from Iqaluit, Nunavut, to the CH-6 deposit. This also involved drilling, blasting, and extracting overburden, as well as extracting, bagging, and transporting a planned 200-tonne kimberlite bulk sample to Iqaluit.

Project Scope

  • Dispatch of a scout crew to establish a 170-kilometre trail from Iqaluit to the Chidliak site, plus a 19-kilometre access from the CH-6 deposit to the Discovery Camp
  • Mobilization of heavy loads utilizing LGP tracked equipment to Discovery Camp, and to and from the Discovery Camp to Iqaluit (including an 320EL excavator, drilling and blasting equipment supplies, support equipment, and enough fuel to sustain the operation)
  • Transportation of explosives to site from Iqaluit via Twin Otter aircraft equipped with ski and wheels for landing on a snow-covered airstrip (which was constructed by Nuna utilizing a BR-350 Snowcat)
  • Strategic loading of drill holes to avoid contamination or dilution of the kimberlite sample
  • Excavation of kimberlite to a depth of 4 metres below the contact (approximately 508 tonnes of kimberlite stockpiled)
  • Bulk sample bagging utilizing specially designed bag holding racks and a 247B Cat skidsteer
  • 9 round trips to transport the 414 1-tonne sample bags using a combination of Challengers with sleighs overland and DC-3 aircraft into Iqaluit

CH-6 Deposit: Bulk Sample / Drill Support

Year: 2011–2012
Client: Peregrine Diamonds Ltd.
Project Scope Performed Under: Nuna Contracting Ltd.

 

As the first stage of providing drill support for the Chidliak bulk sample program from August to September 2011, Nuna mobilized equipment via sealift into Iqaluit. Over the course of approximately seven days in early April 2012, a snowmobile expedition led by two Iqaluit residents and Nuna’s project superintendent resulted in the opening of a 185-kilometre trail from Iqaluit to Chidliak’s Sunrise Camp.

Nuna established an additional snow trail to Chidliak’s Discovery Camp and mobilized a 4-person crew with an 875C Cat Challenger, a BR-350 Snowcat, a Morooka ST3000, two 12,000-litre heated water tank shacks with 20 kV generators, and more than 50 rig mats. 

Once on site, the equipment was used to test transportation routes between kimberlites and aircraft landing areas in preparation for the bulk sample. Concurrently, Nuna provided site services to support the drill program.