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Murowa Timeline

1990
January 1

1990’s

Ore bodies discovered in the Mazvihwa district, Zvishavane town in South Southwestern Zimbabwe by Rio Tinto plc.

2000
January 7

2000’s

Feasibility studies and pilot plant at Renco mine.

2004
January 1

2004

Production commenced at Murowa Mine at 0.08M tonnes p.a DMS capacity.

2008
January 1

2008

Process plant capacity increased to 0.2M tonnes PA DMS capacity.

2009
April 7

2009

  • Crushing plant upgrade to handle the more competent kimberlite with pit depth.
  • Increased DMS capacity to 0.6M tonnes PA DMS capacity.
  • Surpassed the 1.0 Mcts mark cumulative since LOM.
2015
March 7

2015

  • Q3 Murowa embarked on a brownfields process plant expansion study, code name Project Sunrise.
  • Surpassed the 3.0Mcts mark cumulative since LOM.
2016
January 7

2016

Project Sunrise Phase 1 saw DMS capacity increase to 1.2M tonnes per annum DMS capacity (qualifying Murowa as a Tier 2 diamond mine.

2017
January 1

2017

  • Project Sunrise Phase 2 and 3 saw DMS capacity increased to 1.4M tonnes PA DMS capacity.
  • Surpassed the 4.0Mcts mark cumulative since LOM.
2018
January 1

2018

  • Murowa resumes exploration of some key sites identified in the 1990’s.
  • Investment in wet flush crushing plant and mobile crushing units to meet DMS capacity
  • Comprises 3 economic Kimberlite pipes, discovered in the 1990s.
  • Combine kimberlite pipe hectarage of approximately 6.3 Ha , containing a probable Diamond Reserve of 2.93 million carats.
  • High incidence of gem quality stones (+80%)
  • Mine production has been in 3 pits, with open pit mining design currently (2018) to depths of 155 meters over 14 years with capacity to process over 1 million tons per annum of ore.