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ALROSA Sees African Projects as the Main Destination of Development at International Markets

25 december 2012

AK ALROSA recently signed agreements on geologic prospecting works with Botswana and Zimbabwe, the company’s President Fyodor Andreev stated in an interview to Russia 24 TV channel. He noted that ALROSA also owns 32.8% share in Catoca diamond mine located in Angola, reports.
Thus, ALROSA Chief said that the company regards African diamond mining assets as the most attractive and prospective direction of the company’s development in the international arena.
In Andreev’s words, ALROSA has studied the opportunity of acquisition of diamond mining assets offered for sale by BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto which had previously announced their intent to exit diamond business, but finally ALROSA abandoned this idea.
“We conducted detailed analysis of these assets. In general, they are resembling to ALROSA’s existing assets in Yakutia, in particular their life span will soon expire. The assets have been developed during 10 to 20 years and require transition to underground mining which is technically complicated and economically risky,” – ALROSA’s President noted.
In November BHP Billiton agreed to sell its sole diamond project – Canada-based Ekati mine – to Harry Winston for total consideration of $500 million. The sale was driven by insignificance of contribution of the mine to the company’s financial figures as well as exhaustion of its growth prospects.
Rio Tinto, which claimed future exit from diamond business is yet to sell its diamond mines.