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Finsch Automates Diamond Mining

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De Beers was a leading diamond miner then and today De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), the South African operating entity of De Beers, is setting a new benchmark for underground mining technology at its Finsch mine. Diamonds occur in kimberlite pipes and the vertical nature of the ore body lends itself to block cave mining as a natural extension when surface mining becomes prohibitive. In two years, automation has been completed to the point where autonomous trucks navigate a haulage loop between the loading points at the block cave and the primary crusher located close to the main hoisting shaft undeground.

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