Fruta del Norte is expected to produce 340koz of gold per year over 13 years.
Lundin Gold Mining News
Having climbed almost 64% since the start of the year, investor sentiment towards SolGold appears to be quite positive.
The placing is at a 15% premium to SolGold's closing price on Thursday and at a 12% discount to its peak share price of 46.75p on May 26.
Orion and Blackstone pay up to $450 million for prepaid and streamed gold and silver from Vancouver company's Fruta del Norte project in South America.
Experts believe the value of the nation's dawning industry is set to jump from $1.1bn this year to $7.9bn in 2021 on a combination of revised regulatory framework and significant gold and copper reserves.
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.
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.