Lucapa Diamonds, together with the Lesotho government have reported the recovery of a yellow 89 carat diamond unearthed from the Mothae diamond project in Lesotho. According to a released statement, the 89 carat yellow diamond was recovered from the current bulk sampling program at Mothae.
Meanwhile, the construction of the new 150 tph commercial diamond plant continues on schedule for H2, 2018 commissioning. The 89 carat yellow was recovered from the first few days of processing kimberlite material from the south-east zone.
Moreover, the mining company explained that the bulk sampling program is designed to expand and improve the current Mothae JORC Resource. This is through processing areas of the kimberlite pipe that are either not included in the resource or where Lucapa Diamond believes there has been insufficient historical sampling.
Lucapa Diamonds MD Stephen Wetherall noted that the recovery of such a large diamond so early in the bulk sampling program serves as proof that Mothae is another source of large diamonds; likening it to the neighboring Letšeng mine.
He spoke about the previous recovery of a 25 carat yellow diamond from an area which was previously untested as part of their bulk sampling program. As such, it is encouraging to find the 89 carat diamond from the south-east zone. This, zone, he says, forms part of the Mothae kimberlite pipe where there has been very limited historical testing.
The discoveries not only backs the company’s belief in Mothae, but also serves as a vindication for Lucapa Diamond’s decision to commit resources to the additional bulk sampling program. This is even as construction of the new 150 tph commercial diamond plant continues on schedule for commissioning in the second half of this year.