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Mine identifies viable resource

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

AN economical viable resource has been identified at the Waisoi Mining Project study in Namosi which is expected to benefit not only the people of Namosi but the nation as a whole.

The Namosi Joint Venture (NJV) is now looking at how to develop the project in an environmentally, socially acceptable manner that will not have any disturbance to the land and the people of Namosi.

According to NJV geologist Prashant Chand, more than 200 grams sample of high grade core was sent to Australia early this year where the final detail analysis was done which indicated that Waisoi had a viable project that would deliver a good return for the nation.

NJV country manager, Greg Morris said they were still in the pre-feasibility and geotechnical environmental study process which was expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

Mr Morris said at this exploration stage, they were trying to determine whether they could fully operate a mining project at Waisoi, Wainavadu, Waivaka corridor, Waibamu and Waimanu.

He said they would match the environmental impact studies in progress with their project designed by the engineers of NJV and landowners raised their geometric concerns of the project and its impact. Despite the fractured relationship between NJV and the Tikina Namosi Landowner Committee (TNLC), Mr Morris said their duty was to provide information on how the project would be operated, built and managed so that landowners could make informed decisions.

"We have recently engaged with a community relations officer to allow us to directly communicate with the landowners and share the information and at the same time listen to what they are saying," Mr Morris said.

"We will then adequately reflect their concerns in the projects."

He said they had established good working relations with the landowners and the committee over the past six months.