Elizabeth Bay mine was commissioned in 1991, and is located along the south-western coast of Namibia near the town Lüderitz. The mine employs approximately 160 people; and in 2017 produced around 200,000 carats. Elizabeth Bay Mine has contributed significantly over the years to the local economy of Luderitz, particularly in providing high quality job opportunities for that community. Following the 2009 economic downturn the mine was put on care and maintenance.
In 2011 the operation was restarted through the implementation of the Elizabeth Bay Optimisation Project which at the time projected a four-year Life of Mine to 2014. However, continuous innovation ensured that the mine has continued to operate well beyond this time, with a current Life of Mine extending to 2019.
Following a recent review, it was concluded that the best way to secure a longer future for the mine, beyond the current projected 2019 life, is to find a more suitable low-cost operator that could allow the mine to continue to contribute to Namibia and Lüderitz through continued employment and economic activity.
Namdeb’s Chief Executive Officer, Riaan Burger said: “Elizabeth Bay Mine continues to play an important role in the development of Namibia’s diamond industry, so we have not taken this decision lightly. We are constantly reviewing new mining opportunities. As this mine nears the end of its current life, we are focused on finding a buyer that can sustain operations beyond 2019, protect jobs and contribute sustainably to the Namibian economy."