Site manager and project geologist Sevanaia Bulu said so far discussions looked positive.
The company hopes to extract about a million ounces of gold from the Tuvatu gold mine in the hills of Sabeto, having conducted exploration works over the past six years, and in the process investing about $20m.
“We hope to start next year but we are still waiting on our mining licence to be approved from the Mineral Resources Department.”
Acting Commissioner Western Luke Moroivalu said the project would generate employment for neighbouring villages.
“These come in the form of lease payments, of jobs and in time people will be earning money and improving their livelihoods,” he said.