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  • Botswana Diamonds on brink of drilling with Alrosa joint venture 2016-09-09
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  • Botswana Diamonds JV to begin exploration in Orapa and Gope 2016-09-09
    JSE-listed Botswana Diamonds’ JV with Russian diamond producer Alrosa will begin exploration in the Orapa and Gope areas of Botswana at the end of September.   “The Alrosa/Botswana Diamonds JV will begin an intensive 12-week exploration programme on our ground in Botswana. Core holes will be drilled on three licences, two on the known kimberlite AK22 in Orapa, two on licence PL 085 also in Orapa and four on licence PL 135 in Gope. Earlier work has pinpointed sites we believe may contain new diamondiferous kimberlites,” says chairperson John Teeling. An intensive programme of geophysics and soil sampling will be carried out on the four other licences held in Gope and an Alrosa team of seven specialists will be joined by geologists and support crew from Botswana Diamonds.   The JV is still waiting on final results from the analysis of the 80 t of material recovered from the two large-diameter drillholes on kimberlite AK21 on licence PL 260 in Orapa. 
  • Alrosa recovers 136.24 ct diamond in Russia 2016-08-15
    Russian mining major Alrosa has recovered a formidable 136.24 ct diamond from the Nyurbinskaya kimberlyte pipe, the company revealed on Monday. The gem-quality rough diamond, which was classified as a 3 Black Makeable 1 Сolour, measured 29.32 х 23.88 х 21.9 mm and was one of the largest stones recovered in the Nyurbinskaya pipe’s history, Alrosa advised.
  • Alrosa finds 241.21 ct whopper 2016-06-16
    The world’s largest diamond producer by volume, Russia’s Alrosa has recovered a 241.21 ct rough diamond from the Nyurbinskaya pipe. It is one of the largest rough diamonds recovered in the Russian Federation and the third largest among those found at the Nyurba mining and processing division, the company advised Thursday.
  • Putin approves part disposal of Alrosa stake 2016-05-13
    Russia's ownership heading down towards 33%

Aikhal Information

  • General 2015-05-10
    Mining operations at the Aikhal pipe started in 1961. Aikhal, which has been mined for diamonds for over half a century now, started out as an open-pit mining operation, according to Diamond Intelligence. Between 1997 and 2005, Alrosa converted the site into an underground mine, and by 2009 it was harvesting a quarter million tons of ore from Aikhal annually. High quality proven reserves and ecological evaluations have shown that the development of the Aikhal pipe reserves would be profitable to a considerable depth. Therefore, it was decided to build the Aikhal underground mine. In 2008, the construction of Phase 1 of the second start-up facility of this mine was completed, and the same year 150,000 tons of ore were extracted there. The entire second start-up facility was placed into operation in December 2009. In 2009, over 200,000 tons of kimberlite ore were extracted from this mine.

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  • Alrosa recovers 136.24 ct diamond in Russia 2016-08-15
    Russian mining major Alrosa has recovered a formidable 136.24 ct diamond from the Nyurbinskaya kimberlyte pipe, the company revealed on Monday. The gem-quality rough diamond, which was classified as a 3 Black Makeable 1 Сolour, measured 29.32 х 23.88 х 21.9 mm and was one of the largest stones recovered in the Nyurbinskaya pipe’s history, Alrosa advised.
  • Alrosa finds 241.21 ct whopper 2016-06-16
    The world’s largest diamond producer by volume, Russia’s Alrosa has recovered a 241.21 ct rough diamond from the Nyurbinskaya pipe. It is one of the largest rough diamonds recovered in the Russian Federation and the third largest among those found at the Nyurba mining and processing division, the company advised Thursday.

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