The Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Hon. Jone Usamate on the second day of his Western tour last Friday, visited the Amex Resources Ltd Ba Delta Mining site and Lion One Ltd Tuvatu Gold Mine.
The aim of the visit was to witness first-hand work undertaken in terms of mineral development and to express his appreciation pertaining to investment made by both companies in the Fiji mineral sector.
The Hon. Minister was updated on the progress of both projects before visiting the Amex mining site (dredging) in the Ba Delta as well as the Lion One Tuvatu Mine site.
The visit also included the Tuvatu Decline (underground workings).Tuvatu Gold Mine is currently in mine development stages whereas Amex’s Ba Delta is in the production stage with 3 shipments of iron magnetite already exported.Amex and Tuvatu employ 98 and 80 local staff respectively.
Minister Usamate commended the two mining companies for the massive investment in Fiji, a highlight of which is creating more job opportunities for the locals.
He stated that Amex started exploration works in 2008 and has invested about $360 million in Fiji. He also said that the Tuvatu Gold Mine is was performing well.