The crushing circuit at BlueRock Diamonds PLC’s (LON:BRD) Kareevlei diamond mine is now processing at or above the company’s target level.
The circuit is grinding its way through 80 tonnes or so per hour following the installation of a second cone crusher and the implementation of optimisation initiatives.
The fault on the original cone crusher has been rectified and the crusher is operating in tandem with the crusher that was rented to tide the company over while the first crusher was out of action.
The company will now be able to produce stockpiled material to alleviate the production challenges in the rainy period from January to April.
"I am delighted that we have resolved our issues with the crushing circuit and we now look forward to a continuous period of production at or above our target levels,” said Adam Waugh, BlueRock’s chief executive officer.
“With two cone crushers now on site at Kareevlei and stockpiles expected to build up for processing during the rainy season we are in good shape for the remainder of Q3 and Q4 particularly as we prepare to process Kimberlite from our higher grade KV1 pipe, the second of five pipes within the project area. With this in mind we look forward to the rest of the year with optimism," Waugh said.