Botswana Diamonds (BOD) said it has entered into a cooperation agreement to fund exploration of its prospecting licence assets in Botswana with Diamexstrat Botswana Pty Ltd (DESB), which in turn has an alliance agreement with Burgundy Diamond Mines Limited (BDM).
BOD’s prospecting assets comprise the recently acquired Sekaka Diamonds Exploration Pty Ltd database and Prospecting Licenses, as well as the Prospecting Licences held by BOD’s subsidiary, Sunland Minerals Pty Ltd.
Under the cooperation agreement, DESB (and its partner, Burgundy) can earn up to a 70% interest in BOD’s Botswana Sunland Minerals and Sekaka’s Prospecting Licences while BOD can earn a 15% interest in Prospecting Licences held by DESB (and partners) on the first US$1.5m spent on exploration by DESB where BOD’s database assists in the discovery of a primary kimberlite.
Equally, On 3rd party Prospecting Licences where targets are identified in BOD’s database, a joint earn-in will be negotiated at the time and For new Botswana Prospecting Licences, DESB (and its partner, Burgundy) can earn up to 70%.
BOD managing director, James Campbell said they were delighted to partner with Diamexstrat (and in turn its partner, Burgundy) to progress our extensive and highly prospective exploration assets in Botswana which comprises Sekaka Diamonds (acquired last year) and with our own drill-ready prospects in Sunland Minerals.
“I look forward to working with the Diamexstrat and Burgundy teams made-up of complimentary highly experienced and leading experts in the field of diamond exploration and project development,” Campbell said
For his part, BOD chairman, John Teeling added Botswana is one of the world’s best addresses for diamond exploration. He said the combination of a fresh approach and advanced technology, supported by a recovering diamond market, presents us with significant opportunities.
“I am delighted to announce this partnership with experienced Diamexstrat, and its ASX listed-partner, Burgundy, which expands and deepens our exploration work. This is a comprehensive agreement. On our ground, DESB (and partners) will get 51% of each licence by discovering a diamondiferous kimberlite rising, to 70% by completing a bankable feasibility study,” Teeling said.
“Where our database is used to find targets on ground held by the partners, there is a free carry for BOD of 15% on the first US$1.5m spent on exploration. Where the data is used to identify targets on third party licences or on fresh ground, we will jointly negotiate earn in agreements. On new licences, BOD will hold 75% falling to 30% on delivery of a bankable feasibility study by DESB.”