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De Beers’ second-quarter rough diamond production up 134%

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Diamond miner De Beers’ rough diamond production increased by 134% year-on-year to 8.2-million carats during the second quarter, which the miner says reflects “planned higher production” to meet stronger demand for rough diamonds. In Botswana, production increased by 214% to 5.7-million carats, while production in Namibia decreased by 6% to 300 000 ct, primarily owing to planned maintenance of the Mafuta vessel, which was completed in the quarter, and another vessel remaining demobilised.

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