Saskatoon, SK – The Saskatchewan Research Council has opened a new high-security diamond analysis facility in Saskatoon today.
To meet growing industry demand for a full-service lab in Saskatchewan, the council says expanded its existing Geoanalytical Laboratories diamond operations to a new facility, effectively doubling its capacity and making it one of the largest labs of its kind in the world.
Overall mineral exploration in Saskatchewan increased more than 10-fold in the last five years and an additional 15% increase is expected this year. The lab expansion will allow mining companies to access the full range of geoanalytical services in close proximity to their operations.
“SRC’s bold vision in making major capacity expansion commitments will serve the diamond mining industry well into the future,” said Peter Williamson De Beers Canada’s manager of advanced exploration. “This will also offer the diamond industry some much needed additional capacity and options for accelerated delivery of trustworthy quantitative results, so crucial to our prospecting and evaluation efforts.”