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Jakarta Post

Inco expands operations for sustainability

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar   /   Fri, October 14 2011   /  08:00 am

PT International Nickel Indonesia (Inco), now known as PT Vale Indonesia, started operating the Karebbe hydropower plant on Tuesday with an output of 130 megawatts (MW).

Located within Inco’s mining area in Sorowako, East Luwu regency, South Sulawesi, the nickel producer will only use 90 MW from its third hydropower plant.

Inco has two other hydropower plants in Larona and Balambana with a combined output of 365 MW.

Vale CEO Murillo Ferreira said operating the hydropower plants, built for US$410 million, would ensure the company’s future production sustainability, and its presence is expected to provide a clean source of power in the region.

He added that Vale, as the biggest shareholder in Inco, was committed to developing and increasing nickel production. He expected that production would increase from 73,000 metric tons to 120,000 metric tons over the ...