The first shipment of pre-fabricated equipment for New Caledonia's two-billion US dollar Goro Nickel project has arrived from the Philippines.
The parts will be used in the region's biggest industrial project.
Goro Nickel's spokesperson, Catherine Guillaume, says many more elements are expected over the next 14 months.
"We have received this week the first shipment of modules. The first shipment was containing 13 modules, the biggest one was 240 tonnes, and we will be expecting arrivals like that every month until October this year. And from October this year we will get two shipments per month. In total it will be something like 18 shipments of modules."
Meanwhile, the Kanak Rheebu Nuu group, one of the main project opponents, says Goro must stop all construction work by September the 24th because the project fails to meet the required environmental standards.
The group has threatened to take more action against Goro if construction work continues.