Lucapa Diamond Company and the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho have announced the recovery of an 83.9 carat diamond from the new 1.1 Mtpa Mothae kimberlite plant in Lesotho.


Image: The new 1.1 Mtpa Mothae kimberlite mine. Photo courtesy of Lucapa Diamond Company Limited.

The 83.9 carat stone is the fourth +50 carat diamond recovered to date from the new Mothae mine, following  the  recovery  of  a  51.2  carat  diamond  in  February  and  Specials  weighing  78  carats  and  89  carats from the 2018 bulk sampling program.

While the 83.9 carat diamond was not gem-quality, it continues to underline the large-stone nature of the Mothae kimberlite resource.

Lucapa Managing Director Stephen Wetherall said Lucapa and the GoL continued to be impressed by the Special recoveries from Mothae.

“We  are  highly  encouraged  that  the  coarse  size  fraction  in  our  recently  commenced  commercial  production through the new 1.1 Mtpa Mothae plant is reinforcing why Lucapa invested in this second high-value resource to complement production from the Lulo mine in Angola,” said Wetherall.

Source: Company Press Release