Xinfa Aurum Exploration Fiji expects to start mining a bauxite deposit at Votua village in Lekutu, Bua once a mining licence is issued by the Fijian government.

A company spokesman says the Mataqali Naita of Votua village have agreed to give their land for bauxite mining to be done adjacent to the current site at Nawailevu. He says after consultation the landowner agreed to the project, citing growth in development opportunities.

The company expects to extract 400,000 tonnes from the new site which is 500 metres from the Nawailevu operation which currently employs about 200 skilled and unskilled workers

Acting commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu told the Fiji Times that they were yet to receive the consent letter from the Mataqali. However, he said the proposed development would not only benefit Bua province but the Northern economy as a whole.

“This is another economic activity that will surely boost the Northern economy and we are thankful to the landowners for having this insight,” he said. “When this development eventuates, we only hope that the landowners maintain it for the benefit of their future generation.”

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