Lundin Gold Announces the Inauguration of the Fruta del Norte Project and Production of First GoldNovember 18, 2019
VANCOUVER, Nov. 18, 2019 /CNW/ - Lundin Gold Inc. ("Lundin Gold" or the "Company") (TSX: LUG, Nasdaq Stockholm: LUG) reports that on November 14th, the inauguration ceremony of its Fruta del Norte gold project ("Fruta del Norte" or the "Project") was held in Ecuador. The event was attended by Ecuadorian national, provincial, and local government authorities, representatives of the Canadian embassy, major shareholders, project finance lenders, community representatives, partner organizations, media, contractors, and company personnel. View PDF Version.
Ecuador's Vice President, Otto Sonnenholzner, Minister of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources, Carlos Pérez and Vice Minister of Mining, Fernando Benalcázar, along with other top officials from national government ministries with which the Company has been working, attended the inauguration. During his speech, the Vice President reiterated the national government's support for the Project, highlighting "the great work that this team has done, which makes our country proud. Let's make Fruta del Norte be the light that guides Ecuador as it develops its mining sector."
On November 16th, Lundin Gold produced the first doré bar from the gravity circuit at Fruta del Norte. Production of gold concentrate, as part of the commissioning activities, is also well advanced with the first containers being loaded with marketable concentrate. Commissioning of the carbon in leach circuit is ongoing and nearing completion.
"This is another exciting and significant milestone for the Lundin Gold team and the people of Ecuador", said Ron Hochstein, President and CEO of Lundin Gold. "We will continue to focus on completing commissioning and ramping up production on the path to commercial production in the second quarter of 2020."
Based on the current projections, the first export of concentrate and doré is anticipated by mid-December.
The information in this release is subject to the disclosure requirements of Lundin Gold under the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act. This information was publicly communicated on November 18, 2019 at 5:00 am Pacific Time through the contact persons set out below.
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Lundin Gold's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement or that could have a material impact on the Company or the trading price of its shares, include: receipt of regulatory approvals, risks associated with the Company's community relationships; risks and hazards inherent in mining and processing; lack of availability of or interference with infrastructure; risks related to Lundin Gold's compliance with increasingly strict environmental laws and liability for environmental contamination; risks related political and economic instability in Ecuador; deficient or vulnerable title to mining concessions and surface rights; risk to shareholders of dilution from future equity financings; failure to maintain its obligations under its debt facilities; shortages of critical resources, such as skilled labour and supplies, consumables and equipment; inherent safety hazards and risk to the health and safety of the Company's employees and contractors; volatility in the price of gold; the cost of compliance or failure to comply with applicable laws; the timely receipt of regulatory approvals, permits and licenses; risks associated with the performance of the Company's contractors; the imprecision of Mineral Reserve and Resource estimates; dependence on key personnel; volatility in the market price of the Company's shares; the potential influence of the Company's largest shareholders; uncertainty with the tax regime in Ecuador; measures required to protect endangered species; exploration and development risks; the Company's reliance on one project risks related to artisanal and illegal mining; the reliance of the Company on its information systems and the risk of cyber-attacks on those systems; the ability to obtain adequate insurance; uncertainty as to reclamation and decommissioning; the uncertainty regarding risks posed by climate change; the ability of Lundin Gold to ensure compliance with anti-bribery and anti- corruption laws; the potential for litigation; and limits of disclosure and internal controls.
Figure 1. (L-R) Lukas Lundin, Lundin Gold Chairman; José Iván Agusto Briones, Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador; Carlos Pérez, Minister of Energy and Non-Renewable Natural Resources; Otto Sonnenholzner, Vice President of Ecuador; Ron Hochstein, President and CEO of Lundin Gold; Kelly Montaño, Los Encuentros GAD President and Jorge Tenemea, Lundin Gold employee all participated in the inauguration event at Fruta del Norte.
Figure 3. (L-R) Lukas Lundin, José Iván Agusto Briones, Otto Sonnenholzner, Carlos Pérez, Kelly Montaño and Ron Hochstein in front of the process plant during the inauguration ceremony at Fruta del Norte.
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