Botswana awards six diamond prospecting licenses
The Botswana government has awarded six new prospecting licenses to Sunland Minerals, a diamond exploration partnership between Alrosa and Botswana Diamonds.
The licenses are valid until March 2020, with four of them covering 3,135 square kilometers in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, near Gem Diamonds’ Ghaghoo mine, Botswana Diamonds said Tuesday. The other two are in the Orapa province, covering a 482-square-kilometer area that contains 85 kimberlites, including De Beers’ Orapa mine.
“This will allow us to work with Alrosa to deploy advanced exploration technology to areas which have not been looked at through this lens before,” said Botswana Diamonds chairman John Teeling.
Meanwhile, a team of geologists and mineralogists from Alrosa has arrived in Botswana to begin the 2017 field exploration program, which will entail searching for diamond-bearing kimberlite deposits in the Orapa and Ghaghoo areas, Botswana Diamonds said.