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.
Lundin Gold Mining News
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.