Access Road to Renard

Route 167 Extension

The Route 167 Extension is the road development project designed to connect the communities of Chibougamau and Mistissini to the Renard Diamond Project by way of a number of other prospective mining projects as well as the new Albanel-Temiscamie-Otish Park (see map).

Construction on the 240km long Route 167 Extension began in February of 2012, and is being undertaken in four segments, “A” to “D”.

On October 29th 2012 the newly elected Quebec Government announced it was suspending 20 infrastructure projects in Quebec for financial review, the roughly half-complete Route 167 was one of those projects.

On November 15, 2012 Stornoway announced a new agreement with Quebec designed to ensure timely road access to the Renard Diamond Project and the commencement of mine construction during 2013. Stornoway has agreed to complete segments “C” and ”D” of the Route 167 Extension as a single lane mining grade road and Québec will provide Stornoway with an unsecured credit facility of up to C$77m to complete the work, at an annual interest rate of 3.35% percent, amortized over 15 years, with a repayment schedule based upon planned commencement of commercial production at Renard.

On February 14th, 2013 as part of the new agreement with Québec, Stornoway announced that the MTQ had completed the winter road to the Renard Project,  the first time since its discovery in 2001 that the project has been accessible by vehicles.

In March 2013 Stornoway announced that construction on the 97km long Renard Mine Road had commenced ahead of schedule due to favourable winter weather conditions. Good progress continued through April and May 2013, and overall completion stands at 22% with 7 of 16 permanent bridges in place. First all-season vehicle access to Renard is currently scheduled for October 2013, well within the previously announced schedule (see press release of June 3, 2013)

On September 3, 2013, Stornoway announced the opening of the Renard Mine Road to all-season vehicle traffic for the first time.  All four segments under construction by Stornoway and the MTQ have now been connected allowing for the full transit of construction vehicles from Temiscamie to the Renard project site 240 km to the north. (see press release of September 3, 2013)

Throughout the road construction process, Stornoway has prioritized teh granting of contracts to businesses located in the James Bay Region of Québec, in particular those associated with the Crees of Eeyou Istchee.  Contractor productivity throughout the contruction process has been excellent, and the greatest factor in Stornoway's ability to advance the road so efficiently.  Stornoway's contractors include;

  • The Eskan Company, the Development Corporation of the Cree Nation of Mistissini, and Swallow-Fournier inc. for road construction;
  • Nordic Structures Bois, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chantiers Chibougamau Ltée, for bridge construction;
  • Jos Ste-Croix & Fils Ltée of Chibougamau for construction management;
  • The Eenatuk Forestry Company for tree clearing;
  • The Kiskinchiish Corporation for camp services and catering; and
  • Petronor, a wholly-owned Cree enterprise, for fuel supply. 

The cost of the Renard Mine Road has been budgeted at $77 million, including a 15% contingency. This cost is being funded through a credit facility provided to Stornoway by the Québec Ministère des Finances et de l’Économie bearing interest at the rate of 3.35% and amortized over a period of 15 years. Stornoway is also entitled to draw an additional $7.7 million bearing interest at the rate of 6.3%, for a total facility of up to $84.7 million, should extra contingencies be required. The schedule of repayment of these loans will be based on the financing and construction schedule of the Renard Diamond Project. Stornoway estimates that the cost to complete its portion of the road at approximately $70 million, approximately 10% under the initial budget.

The original release of the Certificate of Authorization for the road construction was announced on December 7, 2011 following successful public hearings held by the COMEX on August 30th and 31st, 2011 in the communities of Mistissini and Chibougamau.  The Certificate for sections C and D was then transferred to Stornoway on December 17, 2013.

Year round road access to the Project will lower costs, reduce operating risk, and allow for the development of lower grade ore for eventual mine life extension.  It will also make Renard the only diamond mine in Canada accessible by road vehicle all year round.


Recent Press Releases


Sep 3, 2013
First Vehicle Arrives At Renard Project Site Via New Permanent Road
Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX-SWY) is pleased to announce the opening of the Renard Mine Road to all-season vehicle traffic for the first time.
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Mar 27, 2013
Stornoway Provides Construction Update On The Renard Mine Road
All-Season Road Construction Initiated Ahead of Schedule
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Mar 12, 2013
Stornoway Reports Fatality In Accident On The Winter Road
Stornoway Diamond Corporation (TSX-SWY) regrets to report the accidental death of a truck driver working for a transport company in an isolated incident which occurred before midnight on March 11, ...
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Related Images

Connecting the Renard Mine Road

Members of the Renard Mine Road Construction Team

Bridge ovcer the Ruisseau du Grand Portage at km 210 (borrow pit on top left)

Temporary wood bridge over the Eastmain River (120m long) and the km 184 construction camp

Small permanent wood bridge beside a Bailey bridge at km 177

mining road at km 237

mining road at km 234

wood bridge over the Misask River at km 231

Map of the Route 167 Extension

Map of the Route 167 North Extension

Flickr Slideshow of Progress made on the Route 167 from May to September 2012

Related Links

Canadian Environment Assessment Agency Comprehensive Study Report on the Extension of Route 167 North to the Otish Mountains - March 2012

Gouvernement du Québec and the Cree of Mistissini Sign a Work Agreement for Route 167 Extension - Feb. 27, 2012

Stornoway Community Relations Video



Renard Project

Investor Relations

Diamond Fundamentals