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Muquita Mine plans to produce 5,000 carats of diamonds per month

Mina do Muquita's production should initially reach five thousand carats of diamonds per month. The estimate is from António Ferreira, director of operations of the company.

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According to the person in charge, cited by Angop, the mine is very promising in terms of production and quality of the diamonds.

For now, the company is still finishing the research and prospection work for the three blocks that make up the mine, located in Lunda Norte.

António Ferreira explained that the economic crisis faced by the country since 2014 has caused a delay in prospecting work, but estimated that diamond exploration work will begin in two months.

"With the three blocks, already with advanced prospecting studies and diamond quality, we have conditions to start exploration", he stressed.

The director of operations, who was speaking on the sidelines of Governor Ernesto Muangala's visit to the mine, did not reveal how much the operations will cost. However, he explained that a concession area is already producing, to support the costs of the activity and research, while the prospecting work is still ongoing.

"The mine designed in a special context, with the creation of the mining cooperatives, in 2015, with a concession of 195 square kilometres, will have 15 years of useful life," he said, adding that so far the Muquita Mine has already created 120 new direct and indirect jobs, foreseeing the creation of another 150 new jobs.