Jakarta, Klinik Farma – Energy and Mineral Resources Minister (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif has spoken out about the presence of an Indonesian metallurgical company that imports nickel ore from abroad. Especially the nickel that comes from the Philippines.
According to Arifin, the company’s decision to purchase nickel ore from the Philippines was caused by stagnation in supplies of raw materials from the Mandiodo block. Meanwhile, mining in the Mandiodo block is currently suspended due to a corruption case in the IUP territory owned by PT Antam.
“We have reviewed this news. There are indications that the importing company is a company that purchases raw materials from the Mandiodo block, which is currently in distress,” Arifin said at a working meeting with Commission VII of the DPR on Thursday (31/). 8/2023).
Thus, since the company must continue the processing process and is contractually bound by buyerthen the step to purchase nickel ore abroad should finally be made.
“They took this step because in general, since nickel ore cannot be exported, all mining enterprises are bound by this obligation. buyer operating metallurgical plants,” he said.
As you know, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources recently identified the presence of companies from Indonesia that purchase nickel ore abroad. Although Indonesia itself is today the largest nickel-producing country in the world.
Plt. Muhammad Wafid, Director General of Minerals and Coal at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, said the company in question imported nickel ore from the Philippines. They claimed that the import of nickel ore was due to lack of domestic supply of raw materials.
“There is a problem of importing nickel from the Philippines as the smelter does not have enough material,” Wafid was quoted as saying on Wednesday (Aug 30, 2023).
Despite this, Wafid guaranteed that based on the calculations of all published Nickel Financial Plans and Budgets (RKAB), there should be enough nickel ore to supply domestic smelters.
“I said that I am trying to calculate all the RKABs that we agreed on, how much nickel input is needed, and the production volume is still sufficient. There is no shortage around North Sulawesi, so we will have to import, maybe it is something else.” “, added Wafid.
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