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Inalum head wants mineral exports curbed to ensure domestic supply

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 10, 2019   /  11:39 am
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A field officer monitors heavy equipment at an open-pit coal mining site of PT Bukit Asam. (Courtesy of/www.ptba.co.id)

  Stakeholders in the mining industry, notably the government, need to discuss a long-term strategy for mineral resources, as the current export-oriented policy could threaten the country’s energy security in the future, a mining executive has said. Budi Gunadi Sadikin, the president director of state mining holding company PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum), said the current policy focus on raw material exports to gain state revenue was not good in the long term. “Don’t sell out all of our [coal] reserves as if they are rocks. If we use them all now, money surely will come in, but the next generation will have a hard time finding the coal to generate their electricity,” he said in a hearing with the House or Representatives on Monday.  Since 2015, coal production has always exceeded the amount set in the National Development Plan...