Diamond Mine | Botswana – GDM/in Deals Category Bangladesh/by Tousif Ahammed
The diamond mine lies within a game park in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, Southern Africa which is a semi-desert area that is a habitation for the San (Basarwa) community and abundant wildlife and other native species. The mine comprises two kimberlite pipes, G025 and GO136. Previous studies and current feasibility studies on the mineral reserves and resource value have indicated a 25 years Life Of Mine with an estimated seventeen million carats and a resource value of 4 Billion United States Dollars, including the in-ground mine assets. Diamond quality is Type IIa and Type IIb, consisting of fancy, gem, pink, blue, and other fancy-colored stones. The government issued a mining license from 2011 up to 2036 with an option to renew. The current mining method is underground operations equipped with a 60tph processing plant. The diamond mine has an on-site clinic and an airstrip to transport the consignment and any other emergencies arising from the mine. The on-site solar infrastructure reduces the carbon footprint and diesel costs as the mine is not connected to the power grid. Sales and marketing structures are in place within the country’s diamond hub facility.