Petra announces potential sale of Koffiefontein

The Koffiefontein mine

The Koffiefontein mine

13th December 2023

By: Chanel de Bruyn

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online


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London-listed Petra Diamonds has entered into a nonbinding term sheet on an exclusive basis with an undisclosed interested party for the potential sale of the Koffiefontein diamond mine, in South Africa.

The diamond miner has been exploring a responsible exit from Koffiefontein since April 2022, with the operation having been placed on care and maintenance in November 2022. 

The company continues to transition Koffiefontein towards closure, with a closure application expected to be submitted to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in February.

Petra says the application will only be withdrawn upon completion of the potential sale. If the parties are unable to agree definitive agreements, then Petra intends to proceed with its decommissioning, rehabilitation and closure programme, in line with the closure plan that is planned to be submitted and pending DMRE approval.

Any sale would be subject to obtaining the consent of the DMRE in accordance with Section 11 of South Africa's Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act. 

"We are mindful of our obligations towards our stakeholders at Koffiefontein when considering a potential sale, which provides an opportunity to extend the economic life of the mine beyond the responsible closure process currently under way.

"We will continue to work closely with the DMRE, community representatives and other key stakeholders to find the best way forward at Koffiefontein and remain dedicated to our environmental and social responsibilities, whether through the decommissioning and closure process, or through a potential sale," says CEO Richard Duffy.

Petra also owns and operates the Cullinan and Finsch mines, in South Africa, and the Williamson mine, in Tanzania.




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