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Tsodilo mulls surface bulk sampling programme at BK16 in Botswana

17 july 2019
tsodilo_resources_logo.pngTsodilo Resources has applied for the renewal of its Prospection License 369/2014 for a two-year period and the area includes its BK16 kimberlite project, in Botswana.
It said the center piece of the renewal application is the Phase II surface bulk sampling programme, which will be the extraction, processing and diamond recovery of 20,000 metric tonnes of kimberlite.
The company presented encouraging modelled grade and diamond value reports last January for the BK16 kimberlite from its Phase I sampling programme that consisted of a 2 077 t large diameter drilling (LDD) bulk sample.
Tsodilo said that the positive results from the Phase I programme justifies moving on to Phase II which is to increase the number of carats significantly by processing a far larger sample which will lead to an increase in the certainty of the grade and diamond value. 

Works in progress at BK16                                                                                     Image credit: Tsodilo Resources

“Phase II is the next step in the development of this exciting prospect and represents a major step towards mining this kimberlite and developing a revenue generator for the company and jobs and revenue for the citizens of Botswana,” said company chief executive James Bruchs.
The Phase II programme will comprise surface bulk sampling to extract 20 000 t of kimberlite to obtain 800 ct to 1 600 ct of diamonds; to significantly improve the understanding of the grade of the deposit in carats per hundred tonnes; solidify further the accuracy of the high diamond value in dollars per carat; and further confirm the presence and quality of the Type IIa diamond population.

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