ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company has completed an expansion project at its Mothae Kimberlite diamond mine in Lesotho. Lucapa owns the mine in partnership with the Government of Lesotho.
The expansion project was undertaken to increase nameplate capacity by 45% from ~1.1 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) to ~1.6Mtpa. According to Lucapa managing director Stephen Wetherall, the processing plant was handed back to the production team after the installation of a new scrubber bypass conveyor, a new primary jaw crusher and other associated upgrades. Wetherall says that the project was completed on-time, within budget and with no safety incidents recorded. The upgraded processing plant is being re-commissioned and is being ramped up to its new increased capacity. It is expected that Mothae will complete this ramp up by the end of the month and will then operate at the new expanded capacity from the beginning of quarter two of 2021.
“To complete the Mothae expansion project despite all the challenges created by Covid-19, is a credit to the Mothae management, staff and contractor teams. Lucapa and the Government of Lesotho look forward to the increased recoveries and economy of scale benefits this expansion was designed to provide,” says Wetherall.