Lucapa finds Angola mine’s second-largest diamond

The 235 carats Type IIa diamond recovered from Lulo mine.

Australia’s Lucapa Diamond has unearthed a 235 carat type IIa diamond from its prolific Lulo mine, the second largest recovered at the Angola operation since it opened in 2015.

The find comes barely a week after the recovery of a 208 carat diamond at the same mine, which is the third-largest ever recovered from Lulo.

The new diamond was dug up from Mining Block 550, immediately south of Mining Block 19, which Lucapa said is the area that has yielded eight precious rocks over 100 carats to date.

Not surprisingly, the mine is considered the world’s highest dollar per carat alluvial diamonds operation, in which Lucapa has a 40% interest. The rest is held by Angola’s national diamond company (Endiama) and Rosas & Petalas, a private entity.

The partners have now recovered 40 diamonds weighing more than 100 carats and four over 200 carats at Lulo. In 2016, only a year after beginning commercial production, Lulo produced the largest ever diamond recovered in Angola a 404 carat white stone later named the “4th February Stone”.

“Lulo continues to demonstrate it is a prolific producer of large diamonds. To unearth three +100 carat diamonds with two being over 200 carats in such a short space of time from different areas of the concession, makes us more determined to find the primary source, by dedicating even more resources to the exploration program,” Lucapa managing director, Nick Selby, said in the statement.

Angola is the world’s fifth diamond producer by value and sixth by volume. Its industry, which began a century ago under Portuguese colonial rule, is successfully lessening government regulations and restrictions in favour of a greater participation by private entities.


Lucapa Diamonds names Selby CEO and MD

Australia’s Lucapa Diamonds has appointed interim chief executive Nick Selby as its permanent CEO and Managing Director.

Selby, an extraction metallurgist who joined Lucapa in 2014, took the helm in August this year following former boss Stephen Wetherall’s decision to step down earlier this year.

The new CEO began his career with De Beers, where he spent 19 years in a range of technical roles. He joined Gem Diamonds in 2005, where he was responsible for various diamond projects in countries including Angola, Australia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Indonesia, Lesotho and Botswana.

Lucapa has a 40% interest in the Lulo mine, in Angola, and a 70% interest in the Mothae mine in Lesotho. The company, debt-free since July, is exploring for more diamonds at Lulo as it works toward bringing its Merlin project in Australia into production.

Merlin is home to Australia’s largest mined rough diamond on record and has the potential to be the only producing diamond mine in Australia, following the closure of Rio Tinto’s iconic Argyle mine in 2020, after 37 years in production.


Lucapa Chief to Exit After Nearly a Decade

Nick Selby will take on the role of interim CEO at Lucapa Diamond Company when Stephen Wetherall steps down as managing director at the end of the month.

Selby, who has been with the miner since 2017, is currently executive director of operations. He will lead the company while it searches for a replacement, Lucapa said Monday.

Wetherall will continue to work with Lucapa as an independent consultant following his exit, helping to further the miner’s diamond marketing and downstream initiatives. He joined the company — which operates the Lulo mine in Angola and the Mothae deposit in Lesotho — in 2016. Wetherall was instrumental in creating a manufacturing deal with Graff unit Safdico, and in Lucapa’s acquisition of the Merlin diamond project in Australia.

“I have thrived on the challenges put to me by the board and shareholders,” said Wetherall in the Monday statement. “We have together navigated the company successfully through a difficult pandemic, repaid all the project interest-bearing debt, successfully delivered and expanded two mining operations now generating solid margins, positioned the company for growth with future production from Merlin, and our kimberlite exploration program at Lulo is at an advanced and exciting phase. This is an appropriate time for me to take on other challenges.”

Source: rapaport

Lucapa Recovers Another +100-ct Diamond at Lulo

Lucapa has recovered a 180.87-carat Type IIa white diamond at its Lulo alluvial mine, in Angola.

It’s the second +100 carat diamond of the year so far. In February it found a 150-carat Type IIa D-color white diamond.

And it’s the 37th +100 carat since since the Australian miner began commercial production at Lulo in 2015.

Last November the 170.2-carat Lulo Rose, believed to be the largest pink diamond found in the last 300 years, was sold at tender for an undisclosed sum.

Lucapa, which also operates the Mothae mine, in Lesotho, has reported encouraging exploration results from its ongoing exploration program to discover the primary kimberlite source at Lulo.

Pic of the 180.87-carat Type IIa white diamond, courtesy Lucapa

Souce: IDEX

Lucapa debt free as of July 4

ASX-listed Lucapa Diamond Company has fully repaid all interest-bearing loans that it borrowed from gold exploration and mining company Equigold and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC).

Lucapa has repaid the final instalment of $1.3-million in principal and interest on the original $15-million Equigold debt, which was raised in 2018.

In addition, Lucapa subsidiary Mothae Diamonds recently made its final interest payment of R7.3-million to the IDC, with the IDC loan now also fully repaid.

Lucapa is now interest-bearing debt free, having repaid about A$30-million in debt and interest over an 18-month period

The company said in a July 4 statement that it would seek to have all securities with respect to those loans released.

Lucapa owns the Lulo mine, in Angola, and the Mothae mine, in Lesotho, and is developing the Merlin project, in Australia. It also explores for diamonds in Australia, Angola, Botswana and Lesotho.

Source: miningweekly

Lucapa Diamond Company sells Lulo diamonds for A$30.1m

Lucapa Diamond Company

Diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company has sold seven diamonds from its Lulo mine in Angola for $30.1 million, equating to over $39,000 per carat.

The company and its partners, Endiama E.P. and Rosas & Petalas, placed the “special sized” diamonds on international tender earlier this month. Together, the diamonds weighed a combined 767 carats.

The sold diamonds include a 170-carat fancy-coloured diamond dubbed the ‘Lulo Rose’ alongside three white Type IIa diamonds of over 100 carats and three other special-sized white Type IIa stones.

In late September, Lucapa announced it had recovered its 30th diamond of over 100 carats from Lulo, which has been in commercial production since 2015.

The company kicked off commercial production from its Mothae mine in Lesotho in 2019.

Meanwhile, Lucapa said it was continuing to explore for potential primary-source kimberlites or lamproites with its partners across the Lulo concession in Angola, the Brooking project in Australia, and the Orapa Area F project in Botswana.

Source: The market herald

Lucapa’s Lulo Mine Turns Out 160ct. Rough

160-carat rough diamond. (Lucapa Diamond Company)
160-carat rough. (Lucapa Diamond Company)

 Lucapa Diamond Company has recovered a 160-carat, high-quality rough from its Lulo mine in Angola, the sixth-largest stone the deposit has yielded.

The company found the type IIa diamond at the same alluvial mining block from which it unearthed a 170-carat pink — the Lulo Rose — in July, Lucapa said last week. The new addition marks the 28th diamond over 100 carats from Lulo.

Recently, Lucapa transitioned to mining rough from the lezirias, or flood plain area, of the site, which has led to the recovery of larger diamonds, it said. In the past two months, the miner has found more than 100 special stones — those weighing over 10.8 carats — at the deposit, including four type IIa rough diamonds weighing 99, 81, 74 and 66 carats.


Lucapa says 204 carat diamond recovered at Mothae mine in Lesotho

Lucapa 204 carat rough diamond
Lucapa 204 carat rough diamond

Lucapa Diamond Company yesterday announced the recovery of a 204 carat diamond from the Mothae mine in Lesotho.

According to the company’s statement, the 204 carat white stone is the eighth +100 carat diamond and third +200 carat to be recovered from the Mothae mine since commercial mining commenced in January 2019, underlining its unique large stone nature.

Lucapa Diamond Company is an ASX listed diamond miner and explorer with assets in Africa and Australia. It has interests in two producing diamond mines in Angola (Lulo) and Lesotho (Mothae).

“The large, high-value diamonds produced from these two niche African diamond mines attract some of the highest prices per carat for rough diamonds globally,” the company said.

The Lulo mine has been in commercial production since 2015, while the Mothae mine commenced commercial production in 2019.

Source: kitco

Lucapa Sales Surge in Buoyant Market

Lucapa Diamond Company

Lucapa Diamond Company’s revenue rose in the third quarter amid strong demand and an increase in sales volume.

Sales from the miner’s Lulo deposit in Angola and Mothae in Lesotho soared 86% to $8.6 million for the three months ending September 30, it said last week. Sales volume jumped 57% to 15,690 carats, outweighing a 14% drop in the average price to $995 per carat.

“The market for diamonds continued to be buoyant in a constrained rough-supply environment,” said Lucapa managing director Stephen Wetherall. “As a result, we have upgraded our full-year guidance.”

Production from Lulo increased 1% year on year during the quarter to 9,444 carats, with the miner recovering 83 diamonds above 10.8 carats. The largest of those was a 94-carat, D-color, type IIa white stone. Lucapa also unearthed several fancy-pink diamonds during the quarter, it noted.

Output from Mothae came to 9,567 carats, with 60 diamonds weighing more than 10.8 carats. The Australia-based miner recovered a 51-carat stone, along with a number of fancy-light pinks and yellows. Lucapa did not produce any rough from Mothae during the same period last year, as the site was on care and maintenance due to Covid-19-related regulations in Lesotho.

Lucapa has made progress toward satisfying the conditions for its acquisition of the Merlin mine in Australia. It believes the final outstanding conditions will be dealt with in the fourth quarter.

The company upgraded its guidance for the full year due to the strong demand. It expects revenue to be between AUD 66 million ($48.9 million) and AUD 71 million ($52.6 million), compared to the AUD 50 million ($37 million) to AUD 56 million ($41.5 million) it forecast in May.

The miner is also conducting exploration at the Brooking lamproite project in Australia and the Orapa site in Botswana.

Image: A selection of rough white, pink and yellow diamonds sold during the quarter.


Lucara Recovers 470 Carat Diamond from the Karowe Mine in Botswana

470 carat diamond recovered from the Karowe Mine in Botswana

Lucara Diamond Corp. is pleased to announce the recovery of a 470 carat top light
brown clivage diamond from its 100% owned Karowe Diamond Mine located in Botswana.

The diamond, measuring 49x42x26mm, was recovered from direct milling of ore sourced from the EM/PK(S) unit of the
South Lobe. The 470 carat recovery forms a notable contribution to a series of top quality gem and clivage quality
diamond recoveries during a recent production run, including an additional 5 diamonds greater than 100 carats
(265ct, 183ct, 161ct, 116ct, 106ct) and 13 diamonds between 50 and 100 carats in weight.

The May production run, dominated by EM/PK(S) ore, produced diamonds greater than 10.8 carat in weight accounting for 12.7% weight percent of total production, exceeding resource expectations. Continued strong resource performance and recovery of large diamonds reinforces the significance of the EM/PK(S) as an important economic driver for the proposed underground mine at Karowe.

The 470 carat diamond was recovered in the Coarse XRT circuit and represents the third +300 carat diamond
recovered to date in 2021. Year to date, Karowe has produced 10 diamonds greater than 100 carats including 6
diamonds greater than 200 carats, including the 341 carat (link to press release) and 378 carat (link to press release)
top white diamonds recovered in January 2021.