Merlin Diamonds Limited has re-commenced operations at the Merlin diamond mine after the NT Department of Mines and Energy approved the Mining Management plan last week.
The Merlin diamond mine is located 900 kilometres south east of Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Merlin Diamond said the re-commissioning effort is being assisted by Foundation Resources Pty Ltd.
“The mining industry professionals of Foundation Resources have extensive experience in the mining of and exploration for diamonds including at Ellendale and Smoke Creek in Australia; and in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Angola, DRC and Indonesia,” the company said in a statement to the ASX.
To date, Merlin Diamonds has initiated procurement of the necessary items to re-commence the operations and have started pumped out water from the Kaye pit in preparation for mining.
According to the company, Foundation Resources have focused on the technical plans for the mining operations and the re-commissioning of the diamonds processing plant.
“A significant amount of the infrastructure is still in place at Merlin and needs little work to be usable thus the capital cost is relatively low,” reads the company statement.
The Merlin diamond mine is famous for producing large, high clarity, super white, and high value diamonds. Australia’s largest diamond, a 104.73 carat stone, was discovered at Merlin.
Merlin Diamonds also hold extensive exploration ground in and around the Merlin diamond mine, and is actively working to extend in exploration for additional sources of diamonds.