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Jakarta Post

Plan for Morowali car battery factory inches closer to fruition

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Blue Bird Group Holding president director Noni Purnomo (left), Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan (third right), Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi (second right) and PT Blue Bird Tbk director Andrianto Djokosoetono (right) present the company's electric taxi in Jakarta in April. (JP/Seto Wardhana)
Norman Harsono
Jakarta   ●   Wed, November 20, 2019

The government expects to complete the Environmental Impact Analysis (Amdal) for a car battery factory in Central Sulawesi next month, moving the project one step closer to the beginning of construction.

Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan told reporters after a meeting with the Environment and Forestry Ministry in Jakarta on Monday evening that the government “hoped the assessment could be finalized by Dec. 18.”

Once the assessment is completed, companies can begin development on the US$3.2 billion factory in Morowali regency, which will produce lithium batteries. Construction work is expected to begin in January.

Global demand for electric vehicles is rising, and the Morowali battery plant is one of Indonesia’s many investments in efforts to tap the global supply chain.

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