Angola’s Catoca mining company sets priorities for 2015

7 January 2015

The start of operation of the Tchiuzo mine, continued geological research in new concessions and increasing the professional capacity of workers are some of the priorities of the Sociedade Mineira da Catoca for 2015, said its director-general.

Ganga Junior recently told Angolan news agency Angop that 2014 was a difficult year because of the greater complexity of mining operations, taking into account the current geological and mechanical conditions of the mines and the need to improve operational efficiency.

Sociedade Mineira de Catoca is an Angolan diamond prospecting, exploration, recovery and sales company, owned by Angolan diamond company Endiama, Alrosa (Russia) LLV (China) and Odebrecht (Brazil).

Considered to be the largest company in the diamond sub-sector in Angola, Catoca is responsible for the extraction of more than 75 percent of Angola’s diamonds.

In addition to the Catoca kimberlite, which it explores in Lunda Sul, the company has a majority stake in concessions in Luemba, Gango, Quitúbia, Luangue, Vulege, Tcháfua and Luaxe. (macauhub/AO/CN)