Lucapa Diamond has uncovered more diamonds bearing pipes near its existing diamond mine.
It has identified new kimberlite pipes next to its existing mining block 8.
Lucapa chief executive Stephen Wetherall said the latest kimberlite and alluvial mining developments represent major new milestone for Lucapa and its partners as the company sought to unlock Lulo’s diamond reserves.
An expansion is underway at the alluvial gravels at mining block 8, which has been a prolific source of the large special diamonds and fancy colours, and will remain the focus of future alluvial diamond production operations at Lulo.
Having achieved the initial goal of identifying kimberlite at L259, Lucapa and its partners will now accelerate the pitting program to better define the locality, size, and structure of the kimberlite and determine the types of kimberlite present.
This ongoing pitting program will aim to locate the outer rim of the L259 kimberlite structure to determine if and where the surface can be excavated for processing through the 150 tonne per annum diamond plant.