Lucapa Diamond has recovered a 78 carat white diamond at its 70 percent-owned Mothae kimberlite mine in Lesotho.
The diamond was the largest special recovered through the new 1.1Mtpa Mothae treatment plant following last week’s commencement of commissioning and recovery of commercial diamonds.
Lucapa said this shows Mothae’s potential to regularly recover large diamonds.
“Recovering such a diamond this early confirms our confidence in Mothae as a large diamond source,” said company managing director Stephen Wetherall.
“We look forward to completing the progressive plant ramp up phase following the implementation of a second shift at the plant.”
The second operating shift at the Mothae plant was part of the progressive ramp up to the 1.1Mtpa nameplate capacity.
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