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$40m in bauxite export

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, December 21, 2013

THE XINFA Bauxite Mining Group has produced about $40million worth of bauxite since it began exporting the mineral in June last year.

Group executive director Sang Lei said they began mine operations in November 2011 and the value of bauxite exported so far was derived from about 700,000 dry metric tonnes of bauxite.

"This was in turn extracted from more than 900,000 tonnes of wet metric tonnes of bauxite," he said.

"We would like to correct the view of people passing rumours that our company has been shipping the whole soil structure to China.

"This is not true, we only ship processed soil after we have extracted bauxite out of these soil."

Mr Lei said only the minerals were shipped to China as shipping the soil would be an expensive exercise.

"We initially started off our mining licence at Nawailevu in Bua for about two years.

"However, this year we have extended until the bauxite reserve in the area has been fully exploited.

"The bauxite reserve that currently sits on Nawailevu will take another year of mining before we complete work in the area."

Mr Lei said they were aware of bauxite deposits discovery in parts of Wainunu and talks were in progress with resource owners on the possibility of mining on their land.