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WA government aims to reopen Ellendale diamond mine

The Western Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest to reopen and operate the Ellendale diamond mine in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Ellendale has produced gem and industrial-quality diamonds. It previously provided about half of the world’s highly-valued fancy yellow diamonds, of which US jeweller Tiffany & Co was a major client.

Expressions of interest from participating companies will be evaluated by a panel from the Department, prior to an official decision by Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.

The winning company will be invited to apply for a new mining lease.

Johnston said, “We are looking for a company that will bring fresh eyes and a new approach to Ellendale.

“I expect the successful company will have experience in diamond mining and marketing, they’ll understand Western Australia’s regulatory requirements and be able to fund the new operation.” Read more…

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