Debswana powers on with Cut 9

Spadework ongoing: Activities are heating up at Cut 9 ahead of the 2029 deadline PIC: TIMOTHY LEWANIKA
Spadework ongoing: Activities are heating up at Cut 9 ahead of the 2029 deadline PIC: TIMOTHY LEWANIKA

JWANENG: Mining giant, Debswana, is steaming ahead with the deepening and widening of Jwaneng Mine and is comfortably ahead of a 2029 deadline, BusinessWeek has learnt.

Known as Cut 9, the P22 billion project to expand Jwaneng Mine involves deepening the iconic pit beyond 650 metres to tap into an ore body that will yield approximately 48 million carats and support the mine to its end of life in 2035.

The project is the last open cast layer available at Jwaneng Mine and thereafter a massive underground development, which is conservatively expected to cost $6 billion, is planned. At present, Jwaneng Mine, the world's richest diamond mine by value, is accessing ore from Cut 8, while excavation and waste mining of the next level of production under Cut 9 continues.

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