Diamond company Namdeb has authorized the construction of a new diamond recovery plant in order to improve its production efficiency, Rough and Polished reported. The new diamond recovery plant will be built at the Red Area Complex in Oranjemund and is slated to cost upwards of $19 million. When construction on the plant is completed in early 2013, it would replace Namdeb's current diamond recovery facilities in Mining Area 1, originally built in the 1960s.
The new complex, which will recover and sort diamonds produced at Namdeb's other diamond treatment plants, will have several benefits. In addition to recovering increased quantities of diamonds, the advanced technologies will result in a safer working environment, and a safer natural environment: less water and power consumption and less carbon footprint. Namdeb said that the new facilities would also reduce the likelihood of theft and lower production costs.
Namdeb is owned by the government of Namibia in conjunction with the diamond company DeBeers.