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Jakarta Post

Indonesian mining investments to reach five-year high in 2020

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 12, 2020   /  01:48 pm
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Nickel ore is processed at a factory owned by PT Vale Indonesia.(JP/Ruslan Sangadji)

The government is expecting mining investments to reach US$7.75 billion this year, the highest projected amount between 2015 and 2024, fueled by a tidal wave of smelter development projects. The largest chunks of investment this year are slated to come from mining heavyweights PT Freeport Indonesia and PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara. According to Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry data released Tuesday, the two mining giants would invest $2.3 billion and $1.59 billion respectively. “Investments will decline from 2021 to 2024 because smelter development and investment will decline during that period,” the ministry’s coal and minerals director general, Bambang Gatot Ariyono, said at a House of Representative hearing in Jakarta. A wave of smelter construction began a few years ago in anticipation of the government’s ban on mineral ore exports. The worl...