Lundin Gold expects to reach the ore body at its Fruta del Norte project in Ecuador during the first quarter of 2019, and pour first gold at around this time next year.
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The asset, discovered in 2006, is expected to produce to 4.6 million ounces of gold over a 15 year mine life. That’s 73,000 ounces more than what was indicated in the previous estimate.
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Lundin has been developing Fruta del Norte for over a year, following an agreement with Ecuador’s government allowing the miner to move ahead with the gold project, the country's biggest.
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Fruta del Norte is expected to produce 340koz of gold per year over 13 years.
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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.