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Alrosa geologists to work with Botswana Diamonds team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2014 A seven-person geological team from Russian diamond mining company Alrosa has arrived in Botswana, where they will work with staff members of Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds on an exploration programme on licences in the diamond province of Orapa. Alrosa and Botswana Diamonds were undertaking a... 

Alrosa world’s largest diamond producer by volume – World Federation 

By: Martin Creamer     11th August 2014 While De Beers remains the world’s largest producer of diamonds by value, Russian diamond mining company Alrosa is now the world’s biggest producer by volume, which elevates its importance significantly. Current economic sanctions against Russia do not extend to diamonds and although there are... 

Drilling Programme in Orapa

     8th August 2014 The board of Botswana Diamonds is pleased to confirm that a drilling programme will start the third week of September on Prospecting Licence No PL117/2011 in Orapa, Botswana.The two specific targets to be drilled, AN117/1 and AN117/2, are in the Northern part of this small 2.9 sq km block. The... 

Alrosa-supported firm identifies targets “believed to be kimberlites”

By: Tshiamo Tabane     27th June 2014 An exploration company in which Russian State-owned giant Alrosa has identified two targets believed to be diamond kimberlites in the Orapa region of Botswana. Alrosa is undertaking diamond exploration in the Southern African country in a 50:50 joint venture with Botswana Diamonds (BOD).The JV... 

Angola to grant De Beers new diamond exploration licence 

By: Reuters     11th April 2014 Angola, the world's fourth-largest diamond producer by value, will approve a new concession to mining major De Beers to explore for diamonds, Geology and Mines Minister Francisco Queiroz has said. London-based De Beers, majority-owned by global miner Anglo American, previously explored in Angola... 

Dubai Diamond Exchange signs Cooperation Agreement with ALROSA

     8th April 2014 The Dubai Diamond Exchange and ALROSA, the Russian world leader in diamond mining, have signed a Cooperation Agreement in Dubai.The Cooperation Agreement aims to further strengthen the relationship between the world’s largest producer of diamonds in volume terms and the DDE, a DMCC platform,... 

Aussies help out with mechanised mining, Russia helps Botswana to find diamonds, union unhappy with new CEO appointment

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2014 Two South African mines have called in Australians to help with mechanised mining; Russian help is being brought into Botswana; and the National Union of Mineworkers may strike because of its unhappiness with the appointment of a new CEO at Northam Platinum. 

Exploration company seeks out potential new sites in Botswana

By: Ilan Solomons     21st February 2014 Aim-listed diamond explorer Botswana Diamonds (BOD) aims to identify further diamondiferous kimberlite pipes in Botswana this year, chairperson John Teeling tells Mining Weekly. He says the company’s joint venture (JV) exploration project with Russia-based diamond company OJSC Alrosa subsidiary,... 

Alrosa geologists arrive at Botswana Diamonds’ Orapa project

By: Natalie Greve     19th February 2014 Five senior geologists from Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds’ joint venture (JV) partner, Russia-based diamond group Alrosa, have joined the Botswana team on site at the JV’s PL117 licence project, in the Orapa region. The partners would now carry out further soil sampling, geophysical and... 

Botswana Diamonds starts Orapa fieldwork

By: Leandi Kolver     14th January 2014 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds on Tuesday announced that it had started work on the 2.9 km2 PL117 licence area in Orapa, Botswana, with drilling expected to start before the end of the first quarter of this year.  

Botswana Diamonds to start Orapa fieldwork in January

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd November 2013 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds would start the first ground phase of its joint venture with Russian diamond company Alrosa in January, with Russian geologists set to start fieldwork on the PL117, 2.9 km2, licence area in Orapa, Botswana. The objective of the initial fieldwork, Botswana Diamonds... 

Angolan diamond industry to regain record production

By: Jonathan Rodin     8th November 2013 The Angolan diamond mining industry could be poised to regain record production levels in the next few years, say economic geology consultants Sínese and sub-Saharan Africa investment bank Eaglestone. 

Angola seeks to diversify its economy by developing mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     6th September 2013 For decades, the Angolan economy has been completely dominated by the country’s hydrocarbons sector. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries reports that oil accounts for 50% of the south-west African country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 90% of its exports. Angola’s first oilfield... 

Angola seeks to diversify its economy by developing mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     6th September 2013 For decades, the Angolan economy has been completely dominated by the country’s hydrocarbons sector. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries reports that oil accounts for 50% of the south west African country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 90% of its exports. Angola’s first oil... 

Good news for Angolan gem companies’ shareholders

By: Keith Campbell     9th August 2013 Angolan diamond mining company Catoca Mining, which is the country’s biggest diamond producer, accounting for more than 75% of the national output of the gemstones, will distribute $131.7-million in dividends to its shareholders, the Angolan weekly ‘Expansão’ has reported. These dividends... 

Angolan, Russian companies to partner in search for kimberlites in the African country

By: Keith Campbell     28th June 2013 Angola’s State-owned national diamonds company, Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola, better known by its acronym Endiama, last week signed a joint development agreement with Russian diamond miner Alrosa. This covers prospecting for, and exploration in, diamoniferous areas in the African... 

Russian diamond technology offers huge plus – Botswana Diamonds

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2013 Russian diamond exploration technology offers a huge plus and its use in Botswana could lead to the discovery of large new mines, says Botswana Diamonds executive chairperson John Teeling. The head of the London Aim- and Botswana Stock Exchange-listed exploration junior, who addressed the... 

Project development company set for growth in Botswana in 2013

By: Gia Costella     1st March 2013 UK-listed Irish based diamond, exploration and project development company, Botswana Diamonds is expanding its growth in Botswana, with one project in progress and two new potential projects for the future.   

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