Gold was first discovered in Brokopondo in 1879 and since then approximately half of the recorded production of Suriname has been produced in the district of Brokopondo. 

The history Rosebel, which lies in the Brokopondo district, can be found below.

Picture

The Rosebel property is awarded to state-owned mining company Grassalco (NV Grasshopper Aluminum Company)

1979
Picture

A Mineral Agreement is signed between the Government of Suriname, Grassalco and Golden Star.

1992
Picture

Earn-in agreement is signed between Cambior and Golden Star.

1994
Picture

Grassroots exploration and a feasibility study are conducted

1997
Picture

Cambior purchases the remaining 50% interest from Golden Star and becomes full owner on Rosebel Gold Mines N.V.

2001
Picture

Rosebel Gold Mines N.V. is established

The feasibility study is finalized

2002
Picture

Phase I construction (Design 4.8 Mpa) is completed

The Mineral Agreement is amended

2003
Picture

Commercial production starts

2004
Picture

Phase II expansion (Design 5.8 Mpa) is completed

2005
Picture

IAMGOLD acquires Rosebel through the acquisition of Cambior

2006
Picture

Record mine throughput and gold production is achieved.

IAMGOLD acquires 86% of Euro Ressources S.A. which holds a royalty interest in Rosebel.

2008
Picture

The second amendement to the Mineral Agreement is signed

2013