PORT facilities at Fiji’s second largest city, Lautoka, will take on a new look in 12 months’ time with the expected completion by then of structures to accommodate the storing and export of magnetite-rich ironsand.
This follows the handing over, late May, of a 5.9 hectare wharf site by Amex Resources Limited to Chinese port-construction company, CCCC First Harbour Consultants, to begin work on a berth, a barge unloading facility, a washing plant, a stockpile area, ship-loading infrastructure, as well as workshops and offices. Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Fiji’s Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya expressed the hope that it would take the Amex project in Fiji “much closer to the commencement of (ironsand) mining”.
“The construction of these facilities - together with the purchase of a specialized marine fleet - represents a $180-million investment. This is in addition to the $25-million the Company (Amex) has already spent on exploration and other associated works leading up to this,” Minister Koya said.
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