• Overview

First large scale gold mine in Ecuador

The 100% owned Fruta del Norte gold mine in southeast Ecuador is one of the highest grade, lowest costing gold mines in the world. The deposit is hosted in the La Zarza concession, located in the 38km2 Suarez Pull-Apart Basin. Fruta del Norte is an underground mine, producing gold concentrate and doré. Lundin Gold acquired the asset in late 2014, began construction in July 2017, poured first gold in November 2019, and declared commercial production in February 2020.

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The Fruta del Norte deposit is located within a 150 km long copper–gold metallogenic sub-province in the Cordillera del Cóndor region in south eastern Ecuador.

Fruta Del Norte Facts


Southeast Ecuador






5.02 million ounces of gold grading 8.7 grams per tonne


~13 years


$692 million


Average of 340,000 ounces gold per year


21 km road and 42 km powerline connect Fruta del Norte to Ecuador’s national highway system and power grid




Via a 150km long paved highway through the town of Los Encuentros to the Zamora River Bridge, then a <10 km long public/private gravel road to the Fruta del Norte site.

Reserves & Resources
Technical Report
Guidance & Outlook

The Story
So Far

  • 2006

  • Discovery

    Fruta del Norte discovered in 2006 by Aurelian Resources

  • 2006 Initial Drill Program

    Third drill hole of a three-hole drill program intersected an average of 4.14 g/t gold and 8.5 g/t silver over 237.3m.

  • 2007

  • Initial Inferred Mineral Resource

    Estimate was released in late 2007, consisting of 58.9 Mt grading 7.23 g/t gold and 11.8 g/t silver, at a cut-off grade of 2.3 g/t gold-equivalent.

  • 2008-2014

  • 2008 Acquisition

    Kinross Gold Corporation acquired the asset in 2008 for approximately C$1.2 billion.

  • Further drilling, Mineral Resource updates, and PFS
  • Kinross announced that it would not proceed with development of the Fruta del Norte project.

  • 2014

  • Lundin Gold acquired Fruta del Norte

    In December 2014, Lundin Gold acquired Fruta del Norte from Kinross, along with Kinross’s other concessions in Ecuador for US$240 million.

  • 2016

  • Independent Feasibility Study

    The Company completed an independent feasibility study for the Fruta del Norte project

  • Mine Development

    Commenced development of the Fruta del Norte mine

  • 2017-2019

  • Development & Construction

    Lundin Gold focused on the development and construction of Fruta del Norte

  • Financing

    Company secured the necessary financing

  • 2019

  • Initial Gold Production

    Lundin Gold had met its objective of achieving first gold production at Fruta del Norte

  • 2020

  • Commercial Production

    Reached commercial production at Fruta del Norte

Geology and Mineralization

The Fruta del Norte deposit is an intermediate sulphidation epithermal gold–silver deposit measuring approximately 1,670 m along strike, 700 m down dip, and between 150 m and 300 m wide. The top of the deposit is covered by approximately 200 m of post mineralization rocks. The deposit is truncated by a fault to the west and north, while the southern limit of the mineralization has not been fully defined.

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Operational Overview

Fruta del Norte is an underground mining operation providing ore to an on-site processing plant with a current throughput capacity of 4,200 tonnes per day (tpd).

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