London, England — MININGREVIEW.COM — 06 March 2009 – The Board of West African Diamonds plc – the AIM-listed diamond and precious metals explorer and developer – has announced that its Bomboko alluvial mine in the West African country of Guinea is on track to launch initial production in April 2008.
Revealing this in an update here, the company said engineering work had been completed at Bomboko, and that pre-production testing would commence towards the end of March, followed by production in April. T
The statement added that the mine would commence operations with a 10-foot pan plant capable of treating 7 000 tonnes a month. Initial production would be from a stockpile adjacent to the plant. A 16-foot pan plant, supported by a 46-tonne excavator, would be installed during April, enabling an increase in production to 18 000 tonnes a month.
It went on to say that a mobile dense media separation (DMS) unit had been installed and commissioned on the Droujba kimberlite licence, and a drill rig had arrived and was being commissioned. A drill programme to bulk sample the kimberlites and the geophysical targets identified on the surrounding ground would start within weeks.
West African Diamonds deputy chairman James Campbell commented: “Despite the turmoil in the diamond industry, it is good news that we have been able to build our Bomboko mine on time and within budget. We have taken the asset to the brink of production and look forward to collating our first package of diamonds for sale,” he added.