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Jakarta Post

Govt maintains export ban on nickel, relaxes rules for other metals until 2023

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 4, 2020   /  03:04 pm
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The Pomalaa nickel smelter in Kolaka, Southeast Sulawesi, operated by state-owned metal miner PT Aneka Tambang (Antam).(Antam/Antam)

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has enforced an export ban on nickel ore, while relaxing it for two other metals for more than a year, through a recently issued regulation that serves as a derivative for the new Coal and Mineral Mining Law. Ministerial Regulation No. 17/2020 issued on Nov. 11 maintains the nickel ore export ban that started this year but allows miners to continue exporting washed bauxite and copper anode slime until June 2023, on the condition they are either building or already working with a smelter. The two metal concentrates, washed bauxite and anode slime, are respectively used to make aluminum and certain precious metals such as gold and silver. Indonesia is a big exporter of these metals. “Only nickel cannot be exported because it is banned by [the preceding] Ministerial Regulation No. 11/2019,” said the ministry’s mi...