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Freeport halts work amid sabotage, separatist pleas

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 18 2011   /  08:00 am

The local division of US gold and copper giant Freeport McMoran, halted mining operations in Papua on Monday, amid a strike that has led to a deteriorating security situation and intensified calls for independence.

PT Freeport Indonesia froze the operation of its Grasberg open pit mine and its deep ore zone mining facility due to sabotage and security concerns, following road blocks set up by striking workers and the killing of three people by unidentified gunmen last week.

“Our pipeline has been cut in several places. We can no longer send concentrate,” Freeport vice president for open pit operations Nurhadi Sabirin said.

“The situation has forced us to stop the entire operation in the processing plant, as well as in the open pit and in the underground block cave,” he said.

Freeport spokesperson Ramdani Sirait said several roads leading to the compa...