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Lucapa eyes majority stake in Angola’s Lulo diamond mine

29 november 2019
Lucapa Diamond is in advanced discussions with the Angolan Ministry of Mineral Resources and and Angola’s national diamond company Endiama to potentially secure a majority stake in the Lulo joint venture.

  Block 8 of Lulo diamond mine                                                                                   Image credit: Lucapa Diamond

The company currently holds a 39% interest in Lulo and is the operator of the kimberlite exploration joint venture.
Endiama holds 51% while Rosas & Petalas owns the remaining 10%.
Lucapa said it hopes to conclude the discussions in the first quarter of 2020.
Lulo holds the primary (kimberlite) exploration licence for the 3,000km2 Lulo diamond concession in Angola.
The kimberlite exploration programme aims to identify the primary hard-rock source or sources of the alluvial diamonds being mined by Lucapa and its partners at Lulo, which have achieved average run of mine sale prices of about $1,900 per carat.

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