BY BEN BILUA
AXIOM Mining Company vows to meet necessary requirements when its San Jorge mining project in Isabel province comes into full operation.
Chief Executive Officer of Axiom Mr Ryan Mount said Axiom’s primary focus is making sure the operation will be carried out within all rules and regulations.
He said the company will display professionalism to maintain and demonstrate high standards of social, environmental, financial and broader economic development as operation progresses.
Mount said in San Jorge Island, nickel-laterite is commonly found near the surface and this reduces the degree of environmental impact as production facility will not require much toxic chemicals.
“Protecting the environment and preserving the Isabel culture remain to be some of Axiom’s top priorities.
“The Company regularly engages with landowners and community members as the project continues to progress.
“Axiom bases the San Jorge Project schedule on practical achievability with minimal disturbance to the surrounding environment.
“Community development agreements are ongoing and a ground-breaking ceremony is being planned.
“Axiom wants to establish a sustainable business that would build greater community and greater benefits,” he said.
Mount said San Jorge mining project will establish a strong economic environment where landowners and non-landowners access different benefits such as food trades (selling of local produces), employments and also other small assistances.
He said 86 percent of Axiom’s staff are locals and the number is expecting to increase in the next few months.
Mount said Axiom is proud to be one of the investors that will contribute to the economic development of Solomon Islands in the years to come.
“Over the next five years, it is estimated that the San Jorge Nickel mine will be the biggest generator of taxation incomes for the national government,” he said.
Mount said cooperation and team work is required to maintain and improve the implementation of the project.