GABORONE Nov 29 Botswana's Debswana, the
world's biggest diamond producer by sales value, is on track to
produce its first diamonds from the expanded Jwaneng mine by
next year, a company official said on Tuesday.
Known as Cut 8, the $3 billion expansion project aims to
prolong the Jwaneng mine's life by a further seven years and
produce 100 million carats.
"The Jwaneng pit expansion is on track and will start
delivering first ore to plant in 2017," Debswana Corporate
Affairs Manager Matshidiso Kamona said.
The project involves the widening of the existing pit as an
alternative to going deep underground.
Debswana is aiming to keep production flat at 20 million
carats in 2016.
(Writing by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; Editing by Mark Potter)