Angola’s Endiama begins alluvial diamond mining this year

4 January 2013

Angolan state diamond company Endiama is due in the first half of this year launch exploration at alluvial mines in Calonda, in Lunda Norte province, and Tchege, in Lunda Sul, the company’s chairman said in Luanda.

Carlos Sumbula also said that exploration at the Maua mine, the first of its kind in Malange province, would begin in the second half of the year at the same time as production is re-launched at the former Sociedade Mineira do Lucapa, now known as the Uari mine.

The chairman of Endiama also announced the inauguration of Hotel Diamante in 2012, in Luanda, conclusion of 200 apartments in Viana and, in Saurimo, the delivery of the first 150 houses to workers at Sociedade Mineira do Catoca.

Sumbula also noted that the company, in partnership with Russian company Alrosa, was carrying out geological and mining surveys to draw up a geophysical and mineral map of the country’s diamond areas.

In 2012, which marked 100 years since the diamonds were first discovered in Angola, Endiama signed ten prospecting contracts for primary and secondary deposits, which increased the number of projects operating in the country to 43. (macauhub)