Project Management Institute

Gahcho Kue Project

Gahcho Kue Project

DeBeers’ Gahcho Kué mine was built deep in Canada’s Northwest Territories, just below the Arctic Circle. The largest new diamond mine constructed in the world since 2003, Gahcho Kué is located on an isolated stretch of tundra with no permanent roads.

Lean management processes helped the team close the project and ramp up production two months early, which allowed the mine to exceed its 2016 carat budget.

De Beers Canada / Hatch Ltd.

Budget: CA$1.1 billion

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Highlight: De Beer’s Gahcho Kué mine was built deep in Canada’s Northwest Territories just below the Arctic Circle. The project was to build a diamond mine and production facility in one of the world’s harshest climates. The facility started production two months early.