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Lucapa Recovers 89-Carat Diamond From Mothae
89-carat yellow diamond recovered from bulk sampling of the south-east zone at Mothae ahead of commercial production in H2 2018.
By: Diamond World News Service
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Jun 29 2018 10:57AM
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Lucapa Diamond Company Limited and the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho (“GoL”) have announced the recovery of an 89-carat yellow diamond from the Mothae Diamond Project in Lesotho (“Mothae”) (Lucapa 70 per cent; GoL 30 per cent).

The 89-carat yellow diamond was recovered from the current bulk sampling program at Mothae as construction of the new 150 tonne per hour commercial diamond plant continues on schedule for H2 2018 commissioning.

As previously announced, the bulk sampling program is designed to expand and improve the current Mothae JORC Resource by processing areas of the kimberlite pipe which are either not included in the resource or where Lucapa believes there has been insufficient historical sampling. The 89-carat yellow was recovered from the first few days of processing kimberlite material from the south-east zone.

Lucapa Managing Director Stephen Wetherall said the recovery of such a large diamond so early in the bulk sampling program provides further proof that like the neighbouring Letšeng mine, Mothae is another source of large diamonds. 

“Having recently recovered a 25-carat yellow diamond from the previously untested neck zone in our bulk sampling program, we are tremendously encouraged that this 89-carat diamond was recovered from the south-east zone, an area of the Mothae kimberlite pipe where there has been very limited historical testing,” said Wetherall.

“This underlines our belief in Mothae. It also vindicates Lucapa’s decision to commit resources to the additional bulk sampling program as construction of our new 150tph commercial diamond plant continues on schedule for commissioning in the second half of this year.”

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