Find Mining expertise in Fiji

Mining and mineral production in Fiji contribute a small amount to the economy, although gold exports account for a sizeable amount of the country’s foreign trade earnings as the country’s third most valuable export (2012). In 2012 gold contributed 7.93% to all exports in the country. The country is located on the Pacific “Rim of Fire”, known as a location of significant porphyry copper-gold and epithermal gold deposits.

The Emperor Gold Mine, managed and owned by the Vatukoula Gold Mines Plc., is the country’s primary gold mine and has been extracting gold as far back as 1935. The mine closed briefly in 2006, to be reopened in 2008. Prior to its initial closure the mine produced a total of 220 metric tons of gold and 62 of silver.

In 2007 copper-gold deposits were discovered in joint exploratory venture between Nittetsu Mining, Mitsubishi Materials Corp and Newcrest Mining, 30 kilometres off the coast of Suva. The Namosi Joint Venture, as it is now known, was then thought to be one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper-gold deposits. In 2011 the group was licenced to explore further in the seas around Fiji.

Other mines of particular significance include the Tuvatu Gold Mine and the Mount Kasi Gold Mine, which reopened in 2013 when Newcrest Exploration was given licence to carrying out $13 million in exploration works over the next three years.

Recent employment figures for the extractives industry in Fiji are unavailable. However, according to the Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics, the mining and quarrying industry employed 0.66% of the Fijian labour force in June 2006, equivalent to 2,154 workers – a significant increase from 1,899 in December 2005.

Mining and Minerals organisations in Fiji
Ministry of Lands & Mineral Resources