‘Good progress’ in di­a­mond hunt

African Independent - - BUSINESS -

been found in visual ob­ser­va­tion of kim­ber­lite core from the AK 22 drilling on PL 260. Two sam­ples of 200kg each have been sent for sam­pling in an in­de­pen­dent pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity in South Africa,” the com­pany said.

The re­sults of the mi­cro­di­a­mond anal­y­sis process would be re­leased af­ter three months.

Botswana Di­a­monds chair­man John Teel­ing de­scribed the dis­cov­ery of a di­a­mond in “visual ob­ser­va­tion” from the AK22 kim­ber­lite pipe ore as rare and proof that the part­ner­ship was mak­ing good progress.

“This is rare. The core is now in South Africa un­der­go­ing de­tailed mi­cro-di­a­mond anal­y­sis. As pre­vi­ously re­ported, we are re-work­ing the con­cen­trate (ore) from drilling on AK-21 (kim­ber­lite pipe) and have dis­cov­ered a sec­ond di­a­mond,” he said.

“The ques­tion now is to es­ti­mate whether the grade is good enough to con­tinue ex­plo­ration.”

On­go­ing ex­ploratory drilling on two other prospect­ing ar­eas has not yet turned up any ev­i­dence of kim­ber­lite min­er­al­i­sa­tion. – African News Agency

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