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Energy ministry launches three new apps for mineral miners

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Banten   /   Wed, December 4, 2019   /   08:00 am
Energy ministry launches three new apps for mineral miners Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry mineral and coal director general Bambang Gatot Ariyono (tribunnews.com/Fajar Pratama)

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry launched on Monday three new applications for mineral miners in improving government oversight of the industry.

Out of the three applications, the Sales Verification Module (MVP) “is the most important” because companies that fail to join the module by January 1 next year, will be restricted from selling minerals, the ministry’s coal and mineral director general Bambang Gatot Ariyono said at the apps’ launch ceremony in Banten.

The MVP app automates verification of the source, volume, quality, destination and non-tax state revenue (PNBP) of every mineral transaction by cross-checking each company's self reported data with that of its ministry-approved work program and budgets (RKAB) and that of independent surveyor inspections.

“If a company’s RKAB is unfinished or if their [PNBP] is unpaid, they will not be able to transact. It’s an interlocking system. Miners will be stopped by the Customs and Excise Office,” said the ministry’s mineral business development director Yunus Saefulhak.

He urged mining companies to begin submitting necessary documents to the MVP as soon as possible before it went online in January.

The other two applications launched on Monday are the Exploration Monitoring System (EMS) and Exploration Data Warehouse (EDW) which pools and processes minerals exploration related data, namely each company's coverage area, reserve replacement ratio (RRR) and budget exploration to revenue ratio (BERR).

“Such data provides a base for us to monitor whether or not companies are conducting mineral explorations,” said Yunus.

He added the ministry was drafting a Circular Letter that would push companies to upload their data onto the EMS and EDW applications by putting their RKABs on the line. He assured that companies could not peer into the data of other companies.