Guest Contributor | Aug 22, 2017 | 0
Sendelingsdrif set to bolster Namdeb
Located along the Orange River is Sendelingsdrif Mine which is the second largest diamond deposit within the Orange River Mines’ mining licence area, after Daberas mine. The mine is situated approximately 80 kilometres from Oranjemund and 20 kilometres south of the town of Rosh Pinah.
Sendelingsdrif mine was constructed as part of Namdeb on-going programme to extend the life of its mining operations. This development secures Namdeb’s operations in the Orange River Mines licence area and provides continued employment for approximately 150 employees.
Constructed at a cost of approximately N$360 million, the operation is designed to minimise the impact on the environment, with continuous progressive rehabilitation during mining, as well as dry screening to minimise water and power consumption. This is managed through Namdeb’s robust Environmental Management Programme which will ensure that the area is restored to its original state as close as possible, post mining operations.
Diamond concentrate material from Sendelingsdrif mine is taken to the new state of the art recovery and sorting facility, the Red Area Complex in Oranjemund which was commissioned in April 2014.
The Red Areas Complex was built to replace the old Mining Area 1 Recovery Plant which was built in the 1960’s and which in later years became costly to operate because of ageing equipment. The facility was constructed at a cost of N$168 million.
“Both Sendelingsdrif Mine and Red Area Complex are illustrative of Namdeb’s ethos to continuously innovate to create long-term value for our employees, stakeholders and Namibia at large. These developments are a marker to our commitment of ensuring that Namibia will continue to hold its place as a world leader and centre of excellence in alluvial diamond prospecting and mining.” said Namdeb Chief Executive Officer, Inge Zaamwani – Kamwi.