Botswana

BK11 Mine

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Overview

Mine TypeOpen Pit
Commodities
  • Diamond
Mining Method
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
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Mine Life10 years (as of Jan 1, 2014)
ShapshotOn care and maintenance since February 2012.

Owners

SourceSource
CompanyInterestOwnership
Visionary Victor Resources 100 % Indirect
Visionary Victor Resources purchased the mine from UK-based Firestone Diamonds plc.

BK 11 is the first diamond mine fully owned by a completely citizen owned Botswana company.

Deposit type

  • Kimberlite

Summary:

The surface area of BK11 is presently modelled as 9.6Ha and overburden, consisting of Kalahari sands and calcretes, is relatively shallow at, on average less than, 4m. The overburden is underlain by intensely calcretised and silcretised low grade kimberlitic material up to a depth of approximately 20m.

A comprehensive exploratory drilling programme was undertaken to fully delineate the position, extent and morphology of the BK11 kimberlite pipe below the surface to a depth of approximately 150m, as well as to establish the mineral resource potential.

The BK11 kimberlite has been shown to be a classic “champagne glass” shaped pipe with a large crater bowl filled with layered volcaniclastic deposits (K2-K3) and talus slope deposits, commonly known as country rock breccia, closer to the crater walls. A rather less-well delineated “neck” of more massive volcaniclastic kimberlite (K4) and basalt breccia underlies the crater. The kimberlite is covered with a thin veneer of up to, on average, 4m of Kalahari sands and then gradational calcrete/silcrete units which are believed to be dominantly weathered K1 material. Several shaley kimberlite units are present in the upper pipe, dipping gently outwards from the K1 “knoll” in the centre of the pipe.

The western and central side of the kimberlite pipe at BK11 is characterised by a cleaner and subsequently higher grade kimberlite, containing a higher proportion of clear white crystals with very little boart. However the eastern side of the kimberlite pipe at BK11 is characterised by dirty, heavily diluted and therefore lower grade kimberlite.

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Comminution

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