The company, which is focused on advancing its Tuvatu Gold Project in Fiji, has located the new laboratory at its Fijian headquarters, 1km from the Nadi International Airport on the island of Viti Levu. Once fully operational it will be able to process 400 samples per day.
The assay laboratory will service the company's exploration, resource definition, and development activities at the Tuvatu project and surrounding exploration tenements, 16km away, in the nearby Navilawa volcanic complex in the upper Sabeto Valley.
The new laboratory is equipped for gold analysis by fire assay with atomic absorption spectrometry finish. Geochemical assaying for a large range of other elements will be tested through inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry.
The facility will also be utilised to conduct metallurgical optimisation test work including flotation and leaching.
As Fiji does not currently have any commercial laboratory facilities for geochemical and metallurgical analysis, the Lion One plans to have the laboratory internationally certified for commercial operations in the near future to also service local industries.