Lucapa Diamond Company is celebrating a strong production quarter, with the Lulo alluvial mine and the Mothae kimberlite operation driving a group record.
Angola-based Lulo produced 7603 carats, a 67 per cent increase from the September 2018 quarter and almost doubling its June result.
It increased its production of diamonds larger than 4.8 carats by 138 per cent with 297, 97 of which were specials.
This increase was primarily due to its recovered diamond grade jump to 10.5 carats per 100 cubic metres.
Mothae accomplished its highest quarterly result to date since production started at the Lesotho mine in January 2019, producing 7007 carats, 30 per cent ahead of plan.
Recovering 2.3 carats per 100 tonnes, Mothae treated a whopping 298,726 tonnes, 11 per cent ahead of plan.
Producing 135 diamonds above 4.8 carats including 39 specials, the new high value mine is proving its worth, having recovered seven 50+ carat stones in nine months.
The huge combined total of 14,610 carats is a quarterly record for Lulo and Mothae, setting the total recovered carats for the year at 35,113.