Mine visit Braúna, Nordestina, Bahia | 7° Simpósio Brasileiro de Geologia do Diamante – Salvador – Bahia – 2018

Mine visit Braúna, Nordestina, Bahia



The Braúna Mine is the first diamond mine in South America that has been developed from a kimberlite deposit, the primary source rock of diamond. The mine is 100% owned by Lipari Mineração Ltda. and is a 22,500 tonne per day open-pit mining operation using an owner-operated mining fleet which feeds kimberlite ore to a 2,300 tonne per day processing plant. The mine operates on a 24-hour basis, 7 days per week, and provides employment to 335 direct and 117 indirect employees.

The open pit mining operation is currently focusing on the Braúna 3 kimberlite deposit, which is one of 21 kimberlite occurrences currently being explored by Lipari.


Date: Thursday, 8th November 2018

  • 06:00 am – Depart from Deville Hotel/Salvador to Nordestina (approximately 6 hour trip by bus)
  • 09:00 am – Coffee Break & Rest Stop
  • 12:30 pm – Arrival at the Braúna Diamond Mine & Security Clearance Procedure
  • 01:00 pm – Lunch at Braúna Diamond Mine
  • 02:00 – 05:00 pm – Safety Briefing, Introduction Presentation, Mine & Plant tour
  • 05:00 pm – Depart from the mine to the Hotel
  • 06:30 pm – Barbecue at Espaço Sumaré (Nordestina)
  • 09:00 pm – Transfer from Espaço Sumaré to the Hotels

Date: Friday, 9th November 2018

  • 06:00 am – Depart from Nordestina/Salvador (about 6 hours trip by bus)
  • 09:00 am – Coffee Break & Rest Stop
  • 01:00 pm – Arrive in Salvador at Deville’s Hotel

Important Notes

The field trip will be approximately one day in duration immediately after the conference. Single rooms will be provided for all field trip delegates except in circumstances where accommodation is limited. We will be using 03 hotels in order to accommodate all the delegates, in the town of Nordestina and the neighbouring city of Cansanção. Ground transport during the field trip is included in the registration fee. Transport to and from Hotel DeVille in Salvador is included in the field trip fee.

All delegates who are participating in the field trip do so at their own risk.

Security Clearance

Participants for Braúna field trip are required to supply personal information such as full names, age, gender and passport numbers with expiry dates at the time of registration and a passport scan must be supplied by 15 October 2018 to the  contato@simposiododiamantebahia.com.br. Delegates must have their passport with them when attending the field trip to access the mine. The passport must match the details provided by the delegate during registration as these details will be used to gain security clearance. Field trip participants should anticipate being required to complete waivers of liability or indemnity forms.

Alcohol Testing

Note that delegates may be selected for random alcohol testing at the point of security clearance and entry to the mine property. The testing is by a breathalyzer.  It is recommended therefore, that delegates refrain from drinking alcohol 8 hours before being tested. If you fail the test you will not be allowed to enter and will be left outside the mine, on the bus.

Other Restrictions

Please note that there may be restrictions during field trip with regards to security, sampling, alcohol testing, photographic and other electronic equipment. Any rock samples or diamond(s) found by field trip participants remain the exclusive property of Lipari and the Braúna Mine and should be handed to mine/project officials immediately. Field trip participants may have to undergo safety and security inductions prior to mine visits.


The temperature in Nordestina in November is typically very hot in the range of 30o to 35o C.  We urge each participant to bring along sunscreen and drink water, which will be provided by Lipari. Do not drink water from the faucet or tap.

Personal Protective Equipment 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be required for the trip.

Braúna Diamond mine will provide:

  • Hard hats
  • Reflective Safety Vest or Jacket
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety ear plugs
  • Hand gloves

Field trips participants will be required to bring and wear the following Personal Protective Equipment.

  • Light long sleeved shirts
  • Mine-safety boots
  • Full length pants