Lucapa Diamond Company the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho are pleased to provide a progress update on the expansion project at the Mothae Kimberlite Mine.
The expansion project, which is designed to increase nameplate capacity by 45% from ~1.1 Mtpa to ~1.6 Mtpa, has been completed.
The processing plant was handed back to the production team after completion of the installation of the new scrubber bypass conveyor, the new primary jaw crusher and other associated upgrades.
The project was completed on-time, within budget and with no safety incidents recorded.
The upgraded processing plant is being re-commissioned and is being ramped up to its new increased capacity. It is expected that Mothae will complete this ramp up by the end of the month and will then operate at the new expanded capacity from the beginning of Q2, 2021.
Lucapa MD Stephen Wetherall says:
“The completion of the Mothae expansion project on-time and within budget, despite the challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic earlier in January, is a credit to the Mothae management, staff and contractor teams.
“We look forward to the increased recoveries and economy of scale benefits this expansion was designed to provide.”