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SUVA, Fiji Islands (November 27, 2000 - Fiji's Daily Post/PINA Nius Online)---A Japanese-based company is planning to begin preliminary work today on a $US 11 million project pertaining to the development of the Namosi copper mine in Waidina.

The project was announced by Nittetsu Mining Company Limited at the Namosi Provincial Council meeting, council chairman Kiniviliame Taukeinikoro said.

Mr. Taukeinikoro said the company will review the data and information collected earlier by the American-based Placer Mining Company and the government on mining prospects in the area.

Placer had shown interest in mining for copper but pulled out after failing to get the concessions it wanted.

According to current plans, the Japanese company will invest in the first phase of the program, which is expected to last four to five years.

Provincial officials have called on the government to support the project.

Mr. Taukeinikoro said Nittetsu has recruited 30 villagers to start work today.

"The province and the elders have given them their blessing," he said.

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