Vanuatu daily news digest | no nickel mining herePosted: September 23, 2014
No nickel plant to be built in Vanuatu
The Ministry of Lands has seen reports published in the international media of the
signing of a deal in New Caledonia between a New Caledonian and a Chinese
company to build a one-billion US dollar nickel plant in Santo.
These reports are at:
Radio New Zealand: http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-
Nouvelle calédonie 1ère: http://m.nouvellecaledonie.la1ere.fr/2014/09/19/une-
The Ministry of Lands which is responsible for approving all mineral prospecting,
mineral extraction or mining in Vanuatu is not aware of this project and has not
issued any approvals of any sort for this activity.
The Minister of Lands, the Hon. Ralph Regenvanu, has also confirmed that the
Government has no intention to open any sort of mine or nickel processing plant or
smelter anywhere in Vanuatu.