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Firestone Diamonds sees production begin at BK11 in Q2 2010

11 december 2009

Firestone Diamonds says its BK11 project, in Botswana will ramp up to an output of 1,5-million tonnes a year by the third quarter of 2010.
The diamond explorer and developer said in a statement that commercial production at BK11 would begin ahead of schedule in the second quarter of next year.
“Commencing development of a new mine at BK11 is a major milestone for Firestone Diamonds. The BK11 mine will give us a very solid foundation from which to further develop our exciting portfolio of projects and opportunities in Botswana,” Firestone chief executive Philip Kenny said.
The diamond explorer said it planned to increase its stake in BK11 to 90 percent, earning a 10 percent stake from its Botswana partners, by financing the partners’ share of the mine development costs.
Firestone said that the production plant, which was being relocated from the company’s Bonte Koe mine, in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, would be commissioned in two phases.
Phase one would see production starting at about 650 000 t/y by the second quarter of the year.
Firestone would make a number of changes to the plant flow sheet based on ore dressing data obtained from the operation of a pilot plant over the past five months.
BK11 has a 12-million ton resource, containing about 800 000 ct.

Veronica Novoselova, Rough&Polished African Bureau editor in Namibia