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Jakarta Post

Merdeka Copper halts gold production after incident

  • Yunindita Prasidya


Jakarta   /   Sat, September 19 2020   /  01:00 am
Merdeka Copper Gold (MDKA) president director Tri Boewono (third right) talks to president commissioner Edwin Soeryadjaya (third left) in Jakarta on Monday, while vice president director Richard Bruce Ness (left), independent commissioner Mahendra Siregar (second left), commissioner Heri Sunaryadi (second right) and independent director Chrisanthus Supriyo look on. The shareholders meeting of copper and gold miner MDKA approved the company’s rights issue plan. (Antara/Audy Alwi)

Mining company PT Merdeka Copper Gold halted gold production at its Tujuh Bukit Project site in Banyuwangi in East Java, following an incident that caused damage to pipes and pumps, the company's top executive has said. Merdeka Copper Gold president director Tri Boewono reported that the company had discovered fractures on the surface of its heap leach pad, a segment used for metal extraction and processing, on Saturday morning. By noon, ore stored in front of the pad had subsided and caused damage to pipes and pumps. No casualties were recorded.  “What we can say now is that there are no gold losses, but for so long as the restoration process is still in motion, this incident will affect the production and cash flow of the respective mining site from what has been projected before,” Tri said during a virtual public exposé on Tuesday. “The compa...