Australia’s largest mining company wants an exclusive mining license for its uranium ore deposit in Fiji, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The company, Goldcorp, has proposed to mine the mineral uranium ore at the site in the far north of Fiji.
The proposal is one of several in the region that have been proposed by foreign mining companies seeking to expand mining operations in the archipelago, which lies to the north of New Zealand.
Fiji’s Prime Minister Niels Kyung-Hui is widely seen as a champion of the interests of the mining industry.
The proposed uranium mine would be located in the remote region of Kona, one of the poorest regions in Fiji.