Access Road to Renard

Route 167 Extension

The Renard Diamond Project benefits from the Route 167 Extension, an all-season road connecting it to the provincial highway network via the communities of Mistissini and Chibougamau (see map). Renard will be Canada’s first diamond mine with all-season road access. The road was developed between 2011 and 2014 under the auspices of Quebec’s Plan Nord 

Construction on the 240km long Route 167 Extension began in February, 2012, and was undertaken in four segments, “A” to “D”. Under financing agreements between Stornoway and the Government of Quebec dated August 1st, 2011 and November 15, 2012, the Quebec Ministry of Transport committed to construct the 143km length covered of segments A and B as a 70km/hr two lane gravel highway, and Stornoway agreed to complete the 97km covered by segments “C” and ”D” as a single lane mining grade road, termed the “Renard Mine Road”. Québec agreed to provide Stornoway with an unsecured credit facility of up to C$77m to complete its 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 September 3, 2013 Stornoway announced the connection of all four road segments two months ahead of schedule, and the opening of the Route 167 Extension/Renard Mine Road to all-season construction traffic along the full length of the road from Temiscamie to the Renard project site for the first time. Final gravel surfacing was completed in September 2014

Throughout the road construction process, Stornoway has prioritized the 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 construction process has been excellent, and the greatest factor in Stornoway's ability to advance the road so efficiently. Stornoway's contractors have included;

  • 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 was budgeted at $77 million, including a 15% contingency. Stornoway completed its portion of the road at approximately $70 million, approximately 10% under the initial budget. On October 10, 2013 Stornoway announced an agreement with Quebec to allow the balance of funds within the base credit facility of $77 million might be drawn for the construction of the Renard Mine Airport. This allowed civil works at the airport to be completed by November 2013, well in advance of the start of principal mine construction at the Renard Project.

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 Canadian diamond mine accessible by road vehicles year round.  In addition, having year-round road access has allowed the Company to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a power source instead of diesel powered gensets, which will result in both lower operating costs and reduced environmental emissions. 


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



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