TORONTO, ONTARIO, Nov. 10, 2009 (Marketwire) -- Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX:K)(NYSE:KGC) today announced that it has obtained authorization from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Non-Renewable Natural Resources to re-commence advanced exploration activities at the Fruta del Norte (FDN) gold project in Zamora-Chinchipe province in Ecuador.
With this authorization, Kinross expects to re-commence its drilling program at FDN shortly. The program includes a 20,000 meter drilling campaign to support completion of a feasibility study. The Company plans to use four drills to execute the drilling campaign which is expected to take six months to complete. Kinross expects to complete a pre-feasibility study in January 2010.
"The re-launch of the advanced exploration program is an important and positive development for the FDN project and for the mining industry in Ecuador," said Tye Burt, President and CEO. "We look forward to working closely with the government of Ecuador and local communities to advance the development of responsible mining at FDN," he added.
About Kinross Gold Corporation
Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Russia, and employs approximately 5,500 people worldwide.
Kinross' strategic focus is to maximize net asset value and cash flow per share through a four-point plan built on: delivering mine and financial performance; attracting and retaining the best people in the industry; achieving operating excellence through the "Kinross Way"; and driving new opportunities through exploration and acquisition.
Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol:K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:KGC).
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