Following a strong run of discoveries, Ausmex Mining Group (ASX:AMG), is committed to reactivating the dormant Mt Freda gold operation in north-west Queensland.

The latest assay results high-grade gold as high as 21 grams per tonne under the historic Mt Freda pit.

The company now reckons it can start production soon as next year, once it completes a resource estimate and a plan of operations at the site.

Shares in AMG were up in morning trade at around 10 cents, down from the 12-month high of 15.5 cents reached in July.

Mining for gold … at a gold mine

It makes sense when you think about it. The Mt Freda site had a four-year production run from 1987-1991 at 30,000oz per annum, before it was shuttered when gold prices slumped below $300 an ounce.

The open-cut mine is located within an existing mining lease and has established haul-road infrastructure to two third-party processing facilities.

Ausmex said it will keep shareholders in the loop as more assay results from its drill-holes underneath the pit are released over the next four weeks.

The company plans to issue a maiden resource estimate by the end of November. It will then commence a mining study and prepare to re-open Mt Freda.

If all goes to plan, Ausmex is targeting a production commencement date of September 2020.

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