Jwaneng lies in south-central Botswana on the fringes of the Kgalagadi desert, 160 km south west of Gaborone and 80 km west of the traditional capital of the Bangwaketse district, Kanye village.
Jwaneng means “a place of small stones”.
The Jwaneng pipe was discovered in 1972 by De Beers prospectors.
In 1978 an agreement was signed between the Government of Botswana and De Beers to establish the mine, which was officially opened on 14 August 1982.
The mine is owned by Debswana, a partnership between De Beers and the government of Botswana. Jwaneng Mine contributes 60-70% of Debswana’s total earnings.
In November 2009 the shareholders of Debswana (the Government of the Republic of Botswana and De Beers), gave the green light to proceed with a major expansion project at Jwaneng, the world’s flagship diamond mine. The project, also known as Cut 8 will secure approximately 95 million more carats and extend the life of the mine out to 2025. This investment ensures continuity of supply from the world’s richest diamond mine, and could be worth in excess of $15 billion over the life of the mine.
Flosolve Solutions is proud to be involved in the Jwaneng Cut-8 project, based on their expertise in their field Flosolve manufactured & supplied on a turnkey basis numerous hose reel stands fitted with Graco self retractable hose reels and Wiggins Service Couplings. Flosolve also supplied various electrical fluid transfer and evacuation pumps, waste oil tanks, Wiggins ZZ9A1 diesel nozzles as well as two mobile Skid units that will be utilised in the new EMV & LDV workshops respectively. The equipment supplied by Flosolve will be used for the new Komatsu 930e trucks that the mine is procuring, by 2016 the mine will have 80 of these trucks in operation.
Debswana opted for the Graco & Wiggins product ranges because of their low maintenance costs as well as the products superior performance, all of which were very important factors to Debswana as part of their life cycle costing on the new Cut-8 expansion project.
Flosolve once again brings to the market a solution that is technically advanced, efficient and reliable.