SOME locals will be given the opportunity to work alongside Chinese engineers at the proposed multi-million dollar hydropower project on Taveuni.
While relevant authorities have yet to confirm the number of locals to be employed, they have confirmed the engineers would arrive in the country next week.
Acting commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said officials had already started clearing the dam site.
"Feasibility studies have been completed and officials have also worked on clearing the site of the dam. Pipelines will be linked from the powerhouse to the dam and this will be about five kilometres," Mr Bolalevu said.
"Right now, officials from the Department of agriculture, energy and forestry are conducting minor works at the site."
Mr Bolalevu last week said they would first build camps for the workers near the site, adding this would take a month to complete. He said a contract was signed by the Chinese and Fijian governments to start construction works on the site.
Mr Bolalevu said the project would cost about $15million.