Botswana - Diamond miner and explorer Lucara Diamonds has been granted approved from the Botswana Department of Environmental Affairs for the extraction of samples from its BK02 kimberlite exploration licence.

Lucara was awarded two high-potential exploration licences in 2014, located on trend with its Karowe mine in Botswana. These licences host at least three known diamondiferous kimberlites - BK02, AK11 and AK12.

A bulk sample plant has been constructed and commissioned and it is expected that exploration sample processing will commence during November 2015 with initial results being achieved before the end of the year.

Contracts for the extraction and transportation of the 5 000 t sample are in place and it is expected that the earthmoving equipment will be mobilised to the BK02 kimberlite within the next two weeks. Initial work will involve overburden removal and trenching to determine the optimal sample areas prior to sample extraction.

Applications are in progress for the material extraction from the AK11 and AK12 kimberlites along with the required permits to allow drilling on the respective sites.

"The receipt of the permits is a positive step forward in our resource extension campaign. We are excited about the prospects of these licenses based on the historical work which had previously been conducted on the property," says William Lamb, President and CEO of Lucara Diamonds.

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