MLMR Day Two – Mines Tour, 14th of August, 2020
The Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Hon. Jone Usamate on the second day of his Western tour, visited the Amex Resources Ltd Ba Delta Mining site and Lion One Ltd Tuvatu Gold Mine. This is 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 employs 98 local staff whereas Tuvatu Gold Mine employs about 80 local staff.
The Hon. Minister commended the two mining companies for the massive investment in Fiji, a highlight of which is creating more job opportunities for the locals.
He mentioned that Amex started exploration works in 2008 and has invested about $360 million in Fiji. He also revealed that the Tuvatu Gold Mine is also doing well.