$4m laboratory commissioned in Nadi

LION ONE LTD Managing Director Stephen Mann (right) escorts Canadian High Commission Counsellor and Consul Tara Bickis and Minister for Lands Ashneel Sudhakar during the commissioning of the new laboratory in Nadi today - Friday, December 13, 2019. Picture: REINAL CHAND

A WORLD-class $4million metallurgical and geochemical assay laboratory was commissioned at Waimalika in Nadi today.

The facility belongs to Lion One Limited and will service the company’s exploration, resource definition and development activities on the Tuvatu gold project in Nadi.

While officiating at today’s event, Minister for Lands Ashneel Sudhakar said the laboratory offered to deliver geochemical assaying for a large range of elements.

“Presently, gold and nine other potentially commercial elements are being analysed, however, the lab has the ability to analyse a range of 36 different elements,” Mr Sudhakar said.

“The facility will also be utilised to conduct metallurgical optimisation test work including flotation and leaching, water analysis and micro-testing of fluids.”

The company presently employs 50 local people and the number is expected to increase when it completes building the Tuvatu mine facility.

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