- Baken diamond mine
The Baken diamond mine is a
diamondmine located along the lower Orange Riverin South Africa. The mine is owned and operated by Trans Hex. The central processing plant has been operational at Baken since 2001.
In 2004 the Baken mine produced 88,063 carats (17.6126 kg); average stone size for the year was 1.29 carats (258 g). Notable stones from production in 2004 included a 78.9 carat (15.78 g), D color flawless diamond that sold for over $1.8 million
USD; and a 27.67 carat (5.534 g) pink diamond sold for over $1.0 million USD.
Probable reserves are 21.2 million
cubic meters of oreat an ore gradeof 1.69 carats per 100 cubic meters (3.38 mg/m³). There is a waste rock overburdenof about 33 million cubic meters.
* [http://www.transhex.co.za/financials/ar2004/transhex_ar2004.pdf Trans Hex 2004 Annual Report]
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