Diamond mining by Maua company due to begin in Angola in September

19 August 2014

A diamond project by mining company Sociedade Mineira do Maua, of Angola’s Malanje province, is due to start operating in September, following an investment of US$26 million from Israel, said the project’s assistant director, Carlos Castro.

The project is located in Mundundo, 85 kilometres from the municipal capital of Marimba, and Sociedade Mineira do Maua, founded in 2009, is a partnership of state diamond company Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola (Endiama) and private companies Socim, Somoa and Cuango Internacional.

Castro said that production was currently in a testing phase, “with satisfactory results” the technical supervision of which is carried out by South African company Metico.

The company has modern mining, washing and diamond-grading equipment, which makes the project very efficient, according to Castro cited by Angolan news agency Angop. (macauhub/AO)