Karowe Mine ramps up production

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Karowe diamond mine in Boteti this year targets to ramp up its output by 32 percent to produce 400,000 carats of diamonds.

According to promoters of the mine, Lucara Diamonds, the budget plan for the Karowe mine this year is to mine and process 2.5 million tonnes of ore and to produce 400,000 carats of diamonds for sale. Last year the mine produced 303,000 carats from 1.4 million tonnes of ore last year.

"The company anticipates holding eight sales (two per quarter) of regular run-of-mine diamonds and at least one sale for large and special diamonds in 2013. The sales are anticipated to average 50,000 carats of diamonds each and there will be client viewings conducted in both Gaborone and Antwerp," said the company in a statement.

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