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$900k Upgrade At Fiji Pine Mill

“The development is part of Fiji Pine’s proactive approach towards ensuring factory opera­tions are safe and easily accessi­ble for their workers and contrac­tors,” Mr Kumar said.
27 Feb 2022 12:00
$900k Upgrade At Fiji Pine Mill
A major overhaul is underway at Fiji Pine’s Bua facility

Capital works to the tune of $900,000 are underway in Bua.

The development, at Fiji Pine’s Wairiki factory site, heralds the dawn of brighter prospects for the North’s lumber sector.

Fiji Pine’s extensive forestry op-erations make the company’s con-tribution a key economic driver for Vanua Levu.Chief executive officer Vimlesh Kumar said major upgrades include:

  • Revamping the office complex;
  • Maintenance of the road net­work site,
  • Drainage works, and
  • Site formation of the factory.

Contractors at work

Renovations works are expected to be completed in three to four months’ timeframe.

“The development is part of Fiji Pine’s proactive approach towards ensuring factory opera­tions are safe and easily accessi­ble for their workers and contrac­tors,” Mr Kumar said.

The project is internally funded from their budget.

Contractors have commenced with the levelling and excavation works, Mr Kumar said.

“We have resources like culverts and other materials for the up­grade already been delivered to the factory site,” he said.

Advantages of upgrade

The road network development would assist in transporting raw pine materials to the factory, even during the rainy period.

Mr Kumar said the poor condi­tion of the yard and road meant that trucks took silt sediments to the main road, after exiting the yard.

The upgrade will help mitigate that concern, he said.

 

New state of the art complex

A new state of the art office com­plex is being developed at their previous office site in Lekutu, Bua.

Mr Kumar said the initial con­struction phase began last year, with an investment of $400,000.

The development was carried out to upgrade and improve the office complex after the previous office was built back in the 1970s.

The complex serves as the hub for the Fiji Pine’s Vanua Levu op­erations.

The project is in its final stages, and is expected to be complete by next month, Mr Kumar said.

However, this would depend on weather conditions, he said.

The new and modern office would better equip staff in their respec­tive roles, Mr Kumar said.

 

Barge causeway

Future development plans will include the construction of a barge causeway at Wairiki wharf.

The proposed barge causeway would be located on the left side of the current wharf.

“We have already submitted our application for the Department of Environment to give us the go-ahead,” he said.

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