15 Nov 2007

First gold poured from Fiji's Vatukoula gold mine since closure

12:00 pm on 15 November 2007

The first gold has been poured from Fiji's Vatukoula gold mine since it was shut down by its previous owners the day after last December's military takeover.

The Fijilive news website reports that this has been revealed by River Diamonds PLC, which owns 19-percent of the share capital of Westech which bought the mine early this year.

A statement from River Diamond says some 503 ounces of gold was extracted from the commissioning of the mineral processing circuit at Vatukoula late last month.

It says the operational shafts have now been re-commissioned and the ore and waste passes will be ready over the next week.

The Vatukoula gold mine is scheduled for full commissioning before the end of this month.