Firestone Diamonds power
Liqhobong mine. Image supplied by Firestone Diamonds.

Firestone Diamonds states that alternative power supply has been implemented at its Liqhobong Diamond Mine which has facilitated the resumption of production in the absence of grid electricity supply.

The company has successfully commissioned rented diesel generators.

Production resumed on 26 October, and the processing plant is currently operating at between 80% and 90% of full capacity as the new power generation system is being optimised.

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The generators are expected to be used to generate power until grid power is restored from the Muela Hydropower Station, which, according to the Lesotho Electricity Company, is scheduled to take place on 1 December 2019.

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Normal operating costs are expected to increase by the cost of renting the gensets and of the associated diesel consumption.