89-carat diamond recovered from Mothae

Lucapa Diamond and the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho announced the recovery of an 89-carat yellow diamond from the Mothae Diamond Project in Lesotho.

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

Lucapa managing director Stephen Wetherall says 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.

The 89-carat yellow diamond recovered from Mothae Diamond Project.
Image credit: Lucapa Diamond

“Having recently recovered a 25-carat yellow diamond from the previously untested neck zone in our bulk sampling programme, 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,” says Wetherall.

The bulk sampling programme 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.

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



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