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Vatukoula Gold Mine is an open -pit mine with a working life of over 75 years. This company has a 100% interest in the mine. This mine is in Fiji, a group of South Pacific archipelago. There are two major islets in Fiji, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, with many smaller ones around.
This mine is in the Tavua Basin, inside the Tavua Volume, in the north of Viti Levu Isle. This mine is in Vatukoula town, 90 minutes by car from Nadi International Airport. Three special mining leases covering a surface area of 1,255 ha are in place.
It is a longstanding subterranean gold mine. The mine has nine pits, but only four are used for aeration; the Smith & Phillip shaft for mining iron and steel, the Cayzer shaft for man and material, and a Decline shaft for accessing the rubber-tyred mine population.
Vatukoula Gold Mine is currently both an open cast and an open cast mine, but will become mainly an open cast mine in the middle future. In the mine, traditional labour-intensive stop modes are used in conjunction with railless transfer and transport with subsequent settling via the aisles. The Vatukoula Gold Mine has test laboratories, an autonomous plant, garages and administration bureaus.
Treatment plant - At the mine site there is a seven hundred thousand tonnes of treatment plant per year, which comprises crusher, grinder, flotation, roasting, as well as residue and residue embankments. Underground Mining Flotage - The mine's facilities include several Toro Loader, Toro Truck, Assistance Vehicle and other related facilities.
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The Vatukoula (meaning "gold rock" in Fiji) is a gold-digger village in Fiji, 9 km further up-country from the city of Tavua on Viti Levu, the principal isle of Fiji (home of the capitol Suva and its Nadi Aiport)". From a historical point of view, Vatukoula can be considered the birthplace of gold mines in Fiji.
Baron de Este, who found it in the Nasivi River in 1872, is credited with the gold discovered in the Tavua area. Vatukoula's 1932 gold discoveries in large amounts are, however, credited to Bill Borthwick, a Scotish gold searcher. 2 ] A "gold rush" followed - "herrings, who called themselves claimants, went up everywhere" - from all Fiji and " hundred of men - village inhabitants, shop owners and townspeople - came to the excavations".
A new mining ordinance was issued by the UK government in 1934 to govern new industries. The same year Emperor Gold Mining Company Ltd. founded its activities in Vatukoula, followed in 1935 by Loloma (Fiji) Gold Mines, N.L., and then Fiji Mines Development Ltd.
This development led to a "mining boom" for Fiji, with gold output increasing more than a hundredfold from 931. 3 ] The decree also led to a mine inspection, His Majesty's Colonial Mines Service, which recruited Australian Frank TM White to establish a mine department in Suva. Until 1939, White (as Inspector of Mines) launched a Geology Study of Viti Levu that led to Fiji's first geologic surveying chart released in 1943.
Fiji's mineralization (geology) was subject to systematic verification in 1953 by a follower, mine inspector James FA Taylor. And in the same year a more in-depth survey of the Vatukoula Goldfield geological situation (also known as Tavua Goldfield) was released by A Blatchford, geographer at Emperor Gold Miners Ltd; the mines and mills were also thoroughly scrutinized by their relevant managers.
6 ] In Vatukoula, extraction took place both in open-cast mines and mines. In spite of these apparently promising beginnings, the following story of Vatukoula was full of challenge, especially for the locals, who depend on this only industrial city as their basis of life. Ms Dominika Lutua, Director of Goldfields said when she said on 6 December 2006 that the mine would not make funding available to the schools after the end of January 2007.
"Over the past few years, the mine has received numerous forms of funding, among them subsidies, low-interest credits and substantial Fijian state subsidies. Vatukoula community men and -women have donated tens of thousands of dollars worth of personal incomes taxpayers to the Vatukoula administration, even though they live in unhygienic and overcrowded homes for which the administration has not provided shelter.
You have also helped the business through your commitment, your work and even your forfeiture. Vatukoula should receive immediate and beneficial care from their government and the business at the time of need. "The mine reopened in April 2008 and is currently extracting gold, albeit on a smaller scale. 3.
As founded in this thesis, the incident causes hardships for many, but can be seen as an important occasion for reflecting on the viability of coal mines as a means of evolution, and the hazards and advantages associated with such evolutionary work. Gravelle K. Fiji's Times - A Story of Fiji.
The Fiji Times Project First Released 1979; reprint 1986. Suva, Fiji. Prospection in Fiji. The Fiji Society for Science and Industry deals and procedures. Suva, Fiji. Information on geology and mineralization in Fiji. Procedure No. 168-169, pages 1-11. Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (inc). Blatchford A. Geology of Tavua Goldfield, Viti Levu, Fiji.
Procedure No. 168-169, pages 13-51. Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (inc). General description of mining in Vatukoula, Fiji. Procedure No. 168-169, pages 53-93. Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (inc). Procedure No. 168-169, pages 95-159. Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (inc). For a general description of community life and security work in Vatukoula, Fiji pages 162-200.