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Fruta del Norte

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Early Works
Awaiting construction decision
Start: 06/2016
Completion: 05/2017
In Construction
Current Stage Under Construction
Start: 05/2017
Completion: 12/2019
Ramp up / Commissioning
Completion: 06/2020
Project Details


Fruta del Norte (FDN) is a buried epithermal gold deposit, the largest gold discovery in Ecuador and one of the largest discoveries worldwide. FDN is a high grade, intermediate epithermal gold-silver system hosted in andesitic volcanics.

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Key Specs

Full Name
Fruta del Norte
Project Type
Gold, Underground mining
Development Phase
Under Construction
Project Status
Project Capacity
340,000  oz/y (ounces per year)  Gold
 Underground mining
US$ 692mn
Completion Date

The project is located within the La Zarza mining concession, in the Cordillera del Condor part of the eastern foothills of the Andes, Zamora-Chinchipe province, in southeastern Ecuador.

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Owner / operator
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Site Manager
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Purchasing Coordinator FDN
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Project Manager
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Senior Geologist
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Project Director
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Procurement / Contracts Superintendent- Construction
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VP Projects
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Contracts Manager FDN
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