Jwaneng diamond mine
Location and Ownership
- Jwaneng diamond mine is located in south-central Botswana, about 120 kilometers west of the city of Gaborone.
- It is situated in the Naledi river valley of the Kalahari Desert.
- Jwaneng is owned by Debswana, a partnership between the De Beers company and the government of Botswana.
- It is the second newest of four mines operated by Debswana, starting operations in 1982.
Production and Reserves
- Jwaneng is an open pit mine that produces 9.3 million tons per year of ore.
- It also produces an additional 37 million tons per year of waste rock.
- The mine covers 520,000 square meters at ground level.
- Currently, Jwaneng produces approximately 11 million carats (2,200kg) of diamonds.
- Known reserves will allow production at current levels to continue for 27 years.
Richness and Value
- The Jwaneng diamond mine is the richest diamond mine in the world.
- The recoverable ore grade at the mine is about 1.25 carats per ton (250mg/t).
- The high rate of diamond extraction and high-quality diamonds contribute to its value.
- Jwaneng is the richest diamond mine in the world by the value of recovered diamonds.
Employment and Facilities
- Jwaneng employs over 2,100 people.
- The mine owns and operates a local hospital and Jwaneng Airport.
- It maintains an ISO 14001 certificate for environmental compliance.
- Jwaneng has an excellent safety record, winning multiple national and international safety awards.
Environmental Impact and Wildlife
- The Jwaneng mining lease includes the Jwana Game Park, which hosts a field unit of Cheetah Conservation Botswana.
- The park is also home to the globally threatened lappet-faced vulture.
- The mine has taken measures to minimize its environmental impact and maintains an ISO 14001 certificate for environmental compliance.
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