Botswana Diamonds gets 6 new prospecting licences

26th April 2017
John Teeling Source:The Midweek Sun


By Sun Reporter - Reporter

Botswana Diamonds plc in conjunction with Sunland Minerals Pty Ltd - a BOD’s joint venture company with Alrosa – has been awarded six new prospecting licences in Botswana, Business Trends has learnt.The AIM and Botswana Stock Exchange listed diamond explorer revealed this Tuesday that,  the licences were issued for a period of three years ending on 30th March 2020. 

“Four are in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (‘CKGR’) and cover 3,135 square kilometres and two are in the Orapa kimberlite province and cover 482 square kilometres. The areas were selected following a detailed review of historical data by the BOD and Alrosa team,” revealed the company in a statement.  It is understood that the CKGR area was selected as it is close to the Gem Diamonds Gope Mine as well as high interest projects held by the Mabjwe Joint Venture, where BOD is a partner.  

The Kalahari cover is thinner and there are unexplained geophysical and kimberlite indicator anomalies some of which are contiguous with existing pipes.  The Orapa area, North-East of Debswana’s Letlhakane Mine was selected as there are also unexplained anomalies.  There are 85 kimberlites in the Orapa kimberlite province of which eight are current diamond mines, or have been active diamond mines previously. 

The Orapa Mine is also the largest Tier 1 diamond mine by area in the world at 118 hectares. In addition to the new prospecting licences, the Company announced that an Alrosa team of geologists and mineralogists have arrived in Botswana to begin the 2017 field exploration programme.

These will focus on sampling and geophysical studies on four licences, PL 260 in Orapa and PL 135, 235 and 234 in the Gope area. Further announcements regarding this exploration programme will be made at appropriate time, the company said.  John Teeling, the Chairman, was delighted to have been awarded this highly prospective ground in Botswana.

“This will allow us to work with Alrosa to deploy advanced exploration technology to areas which have not been looked at through this lens before,” he said. 

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