Indonesia's Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry stated that it will remain committed to the agreement that was made between Freeport Indonesia and the central government of Indonesia on 29 August 2017. However, although parent company Freeport-McMoran agreed to divest a majority stake in its Indonesian unit (Freeport Indonesia) in those negotiations, the exact divestment valuation is yet to be agreed upon.
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The recent visit of Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) General Director Tito Sulistio and Director of Corporate Listing Samsul Hidayat to Freeport Indonesia's Grasberg mine in Timika (Papua), signals that the subsidiary of US-based natural resources company Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc is serious about studying the possibility to divest a 10.64 percent stake through an initial public offering (IPO) on the IDX. Both Directors met Freeport Indonesia's General Director Maroef Sjamsoeddin at the world’s largest gold mine and third-largest copper mine.
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Chances are big that Freeport Indonesia will conduct an initial public offering (IPO) on the Indonesia Stock Exchange to comply with the divestment requirement. Freeport Indonesia, the local unit of US-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, operates the vast Grasberg mine in Papua. This mine is the world's largest gold mine and third-largest copper mine. The Indonesian government's divestment requirement is one the demands for starting contract extension negotiations in 2019.
The bargaining over the 10.64 percent stake in Freeport Indonesia has begun. Whereas Freeport proposed a price of USD $1.7 billion, Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources says the stake is only worth USD $630 million. Due to Government Regulation No. 77/2014 on the Implementation of Mineral and Coal Mining Business Activities, Freeport Indonesia - the local unit of US mining giant Freeport McMoRan - has to divest a 30 percent stake (to an Indonesian party) gradually up to the year 2019. Currently, the central government already owns a 9.36 percent stake in Freeport Indonesia.
Freeport Indonesia, the local unit of US-based energy and mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Inc, will be allowed by the Indonesian government to operate the Grasberg mine in Papua (the world’s largest gold mine and third-largest copper mine) beyond 2021 (when the existing contract expires). Sudirman Said, Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, told reporters that the central government has provided assurances to Freeport. However, it will require a regulatory amendment first before Freeport Indonesia can submit a proposal for extension.
The obligation for foreign companies to perform a divestment of part their shares to Indonesian companies has raised already much discussion among foreign investors. Before the enactment of BKPM regulation number 5/2013 on Guidelines and Procedures on Licensing and Non-licensing of Capital Investment as amended by BPKM regulation number 12/2013 (BKPM Regulation), divestment was required for all foreign companies (PMA) in Indonesia. The new regime of the BKPM Regulation removes this obligation, even though there are still sectors in Indonesia which require foreign companies to divest, such as the mining sector.
Freeport Indonesia stated that the company's production of copper concentrate plunged since the Indonesian government implemented the ban on exports of unprocessed minerals on 12 January 2014. Currently, Freeport only produces to supply Smelting Gresik, Indonesia's first copper smelter and refinery. As such, Freeport only operates at 45 percent of production capacity regarding copper concentrate. According to Freeport Indonesia's spokeswoman Daisy Primayanti, production of copper concentrate fell to 3,150 tons per day.
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