The world’s largest nickel producer, PT International Nickel Indonesia (Inco), denied allegations that it had reneged on a commitment to build more smelters and destroyed protected forests in Sulawesi and reduced workers’ welfare.
Inco said all issues had been resolved legally and in consultation with the government.
Inco’s outgoing president director, Tony Wenas, said that according to the new working contract, the company vowed to build two more smelters in Pomala and Bahodopi in Soroako, South Sulawesi, to generate more jobs and help empower locals in the past three years, but a feasibility study showed that a smelter facility was possible only in Bahodopi.
“It is not true that Inco is not committed to building more smelters. Inco has a strong commitment to generating more job opportunities and helping improve the economy of local people,” he told The Ja...