The Lerala Diamond Mine located in Botswana has recently been re-commissioned by Kimberley Diamonds Ltd, an Australian listed company. The mine consists of a cluster of five kimberlite pipes with a 200 ton per hour up-graded and refurbished treatment plant and an entirely new recovery and sorting facility.
The project to refurbish and recommission Lerala commenced in 2015 and open pit mining commenced in April 2016. The first kimberlite was fed into the treatment plant at the end of April and the inaugural sale of diamonds recovered from Lerala took place in Antwerp at the end of June 2016.
PPM was appointed by Kimberley Diamonds to complete an Operational Review in February 2016. Following on from this successful assignment, PPM was then appointed to complete a Maintenance and Reliability Review and is continuing to provide consulting services to support the maintenance and reliability efforts, thus ensuring reliable and sustainable treatment plant operations.