5 Dec 2011

Fiji gold producer gets nod for sugar fuelled power station

7:31 pm on 5 December 2011

The Fiji interim government is giving its support to the operators of the Vatukoula Gold Mine to build a power station powered by sugar cane waste.

The mine is planning to expand production but needs an improved power supply.

The plant will also provide electricity to the Rarawai sugar mill at Ba.

Vatukoula will partner with the Fiji Sugar Corporation, whose chairman Abdul Khan says the benefits for the FSC will be enormous - reducing electricity costs and providing a use for cane crushing waste.

The project is expected to cost nearly 90 million US dollars.