The country expects mining investments to increase 360% in the next four years compared to the 2013-2016 period as it has already granted 160 of the 420 explorations licences it put out to tender in July.
Lundin Gold Mining News
The project, discovered in 2006, is one of the world’s biggest recent gold findings, with reserves estimated at about 4.8 million ounces of gold and 6.3 million ounces of silver.
With construction expected to start in 2018, the US$669-million Fruta del Norte project could finally begin production before the end of the decade.
Lundin will pay Ecuador an advance royalty of $65 million. In exchange, the miner won’t be charged a windfall tax until it recovers its development investment.