Lucapa Diamonds and the Lesotho government have reported the recovery of a yellow, 89 carat 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 tph commercial diamond plant continues on schedule for H2, 2018 commissioning.
As previously announced, 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 Diamond 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.
Lucapa Diamonds MD Stephen Wetherall comments that the recovery of such a large diamond so early in the bulk sampling programme provides further proof that like the neighbouring Letšeng mine, Mothae is another source of large diamonds.
“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,” he notes.
“This underlines our belief in Mothae. It also vindicates Lucapa Diamond's decision to commit resources to the additional bulk sampling programme as construction of our new 150 tph commercial diamond plant continues on schedule for commissioning in the second half of this year," he adds.