JAKARTA. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) recorded that the realization of the construction of processing and refining facilities (smelters) in Indonesia has reached 27 units.
Agung Pribadi, Head of the Communication Bureau, Public Information Services and Cooperation of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, recorded that most of the smelter units are nickel processing facilities (17 units), while the rest are for processing iron (4 units), copper (2 units), manganese (2 units) and bauxite (2 units).
Meanwhile, Ignasius Jonan, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, stated that the construction of this smelter is one of the government's efforts to support the downstreaming of mineral mining products. "The total realization of the smelter is 27 smelters as of 2018," Jonan said on Monday (11/2) in his official statement.
Previously, the government had obliged mining companies in Indonesia to build smelter facilities, through Law No. 4 of 2009. Therefore, mining products from Indonesia had added value when exported abroad. This law also encourages the processing of mineral and coal products to be done domestically, before being exported abroad. (KR/AR)