General view of the
plant at the De Beers
Finsch mine from the
top of the headgear
 
Lime Acres, Northern Cape Province — MININGREVIEW.COM — 09 July 2008 – De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) – the South African arm of diamond giant the De Beers Group, which is the largest diamond mining company in the world – has unveiled its recently commissioned new Finsch mine treatment plant upgrade, built at a cost of R630 million at the world’s most technologically advanced underground diamond mining operation.

 The newly constructed diamond recovery plant was officially opened here yesterday by Northern Cape premier Dipuo Peters and De Beers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer.

A De Beers news release issued here said the Finsch mine treatment plant upgrade was one of the investments made by De Beers to improve the diamond recovery process at the operation. The objectives of the upgrade were to improve overall diamond recovery efficiency levels, and importantly, to improve the value of diamonds recovered by liberating diamonds from their host rock, Kimberlite, in a carefully designed “diamond friendly” process developed and implemented by the company’s technical project team.

“The capacity of the plant will rise from 5.8 million tpa to 7.2 million tpa,  the release added.

De Beers is engaged in bringing into operation another new mine, Voorspoed, following the successful launch last year of the company’s first deep sea mining operation off the South African west coast. It is engaged in improving the efficiency of all its operations with investments in all mines operated.