Debswana to Build Tailings Treatment Plant at Jwaneng

Debswana’s board is considering installing a tailing treatment plant at its Jwaneng mine in ‎Botswana. ‎ Executives at the company are scheduled to approve the project that would enable ‎access to 39 million tonnes of ore and is expected to produce 800,000 carats per year ‎during a 20 year period, Mmegi reported. ‎

Jwaneng Mine, BotswanaPress reports indicated that the company is conducting feasibility studies for the tailings ‎and that Debswana hopes to begin recovery from the tailings by the end of 2013. The ‎tailings dump was originally meant to be built in 2008, but the company put it on hold due ‎to the global economic crisis. Debswana set aside its plans to revive the project in 2010 in ‎partnership with Firestone Diamonds, but decided rather to focus on its existing ‎operations.‎

Debswana is looking for a new partner for the project, the press reports indicated.‎

The Jwaneng mine is the world’s largest mine by production value and contributes 60 to ‎‎70 percent of Debswana’s total revenue.‎

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