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Inco needs more time to review $1.8b project

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, May 11 2009   /  02:54 pm

JAKARTA: The country's biggest nickel producer, publicly listed PT International Nickel Indonesia (Inco), has asked the government for another two years to review once more the feasibility of a US$1.8 billion nickel smelter project in Pomalaa, Southeast Sulawesi. The request was made after the company submitted to the government the first feasibility study that concluded the smelter project was not commercially feasible during the current slump in nickel prices, president director Arif Siregar said Friday. The government has set a deadline of April 30 this year for the company to submit the feasibility report of the project to prove it is commercially and technically feasible. However, the major slump in nickel prices and falling demand for the metal due to the global economic crisis have made the project not economically viable. "Therefore, we ask for ...