Mothae Development Plan
Lucapa Managing Director Stephen Wetherall said this marked a key milestone in Lucapa’s strategic development.
“Lucapa is on track to become one of a few listed diamond companies globally with production from more than one operating mine. The high-quality nature of this production from Lulo and Mothae will also enable the group to further its value-enhancing downstream strategy through partnerships with global diamantaires, where discussions are well advanced.”
The new Mothae plant incorporates advanced diamond recovery technology, including two XRT diamond recovery modules designed to recover large and rare Type IIa diamonds ahead of the secondary crushing circuit, thus reducing potential diamond breakage and improving the recovery of unbroken large stones.
Production from the Mothae kimberlite mine is intended to complement that from Lucapa’s high-value Lulo mine in Angola (Lucapa 40% and operator), which produces the world’s highest average US$ per carat alluvial diamond production.
Production is scheduled to double to 2.2Mtpa in 2021 under Phase 2 of the Mothae development plan.