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Lucapa to become a niche diamond company, says Wetherall

Lucapa Diamond believes that it will become the only company in the world with multiple diamond mining operations whose average diamond value is in excess of $1,000 per carat, once the Mothae mine is commissioned this year. Company chief executive and...

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Zimnisky: Diamonds lack fungibility to be a major investment product

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Julien-Vincent Brunie: "Being surrounded by beauty and art is a privilege!"

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05 february 2018

Ali Pastorini: We would like meeting Mujeres Brillantes 2018 to be held in Russia

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Diamond Exchanges promote healthy development of the diamond industry, besides safe and basic infrastructures for diamond trade

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Endiama rules out additional investors for Luaxe kimberlite project

16 february 2017
Angolan state diamond company, Endiama said it is currently negotiating with its partner, Alrosa of Russia for the financing of the Luaxe kimberlite project and will not seek additional investors.
Endiama and the Russian diamond giant discovered Luaxe in 2015.
Macauhub quoted company’s chairperson Antonio Carlos Sumbula as saying that the diamond companies would raise the funds on their own.
Alrosa president Andrei Zharkov said last September that capital investments in Luaxe project during its mine life was estimated at $1 billion.
The project, which was expected to begin diamond production within three to four years, was projected to record an annual output of between 8 million carats and 10 million carats.
It was bigger than the Catoca, which currently produces about 80 percent of the country’s total diamond output.
Catoca, the fourth largest kimberlite in the world, was also partly-owned by Endiama and Alrosa.
Meanwhile, Sumbula said Endiama would slightly reduce production to improve revenue until Luaxe starts operating.
“When the company was producing 8 million carats revenue was $1.2 billion, but in 2016, with production of 9 million carats, revenue fell to $1.07 billion,” said Sumbula.
“Our intention is to work towards more revenue, based on a drop in production.”

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished

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