Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Firestone Diamonds improves diamond recovery at Liqhobong
Firestone Diamonds today said it has made good progress in improving the quality and value of diamonds recovered from the Liqhobong mine, in Lesotho.
This comes after changes were made to reduce diamond breakages at the pilot plant.
It reported that several larger stones have since been recovered successfully in the past quarter, and further improvements are now expected in the short term. Higher grade rock from Liqhobong’s K5 area will now be processed, it explained.
"We are happy with the progress that we have made at the Pilot Plant in September which has continued into October, after overcoming technical and weather challenges in July and August,” said chief executive Tim Wilkes.
Firestone said that it successfully recovered three yellow stones weighing 27, 17 and 15 carats and three white stones weighing 12.4, 9.2, and 9.1 carats.
Wilkes explained that the amount of whiter stones recovered is encouraging.
“(This) should continue on an upward trend as the mine plan calls for more of the higher grade, larger stone bearing areas of the pit to be mined during the remainder of the year.”
Today’s statement comes ahead of two potential catalysts for Firestone.
It told investors that the next diamond tender will take place this month, in Gaborone and Antwerp.
Meanwhile the definitive feasibility study for Liqhobong’s main treatment plant is also expected this month.