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Zimbabwe Output Soars in First Half

Production up 44% to 1.6 million carats, says state miner.
Jul 22, 2018 7:41 AM   By Rapaport News
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 Zimbabwe’s state diamond producer recorded a 44% increase in output in the first half of 2018 following investments in mining and processing capacity.

The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) recovered 1.6 million carats in the six months ending June 30, compared with 1.1 million carats a year ago, a spokesperson for the miner told Rapaport News last week. The company produced 594,000 carats in the same period of 2016.

“ZCDC is on track to achieve its targeted full-year production of 3 million carats by the end of 2018,” the spokesperson said.

Most of the rough diamonds are from the Marange fields, the nation’s largest and most important diamond resource. A large proportion of the goods are still in ZCDC’s inventory while the company restructures its sales and marketing operations. It conducted two test sales earlier this year, and plans to hold another sale soon at which it will offer some of the accumulated stock, the spokesperson added.

ZCDC expects to expand its annual production to 11 million carats in 2025 by investing $400 million in the sector over the next five years, it said last month.
Tags: Marange, mining, Production, Rapaport News, ZCDC, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company
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