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Today's Headlines Mining

  • New Mining Law of Indonesia: Construction of many Smelters Delayed

    The construction of smelting and refining facilities in Indonesia - as stipulated in the new and controversial 2009 Mining Law - remains troublesome because several mining companies have delayed construction pending the judicial review of the 2009 Mining Law by the Constitutional Court of Indonesia. Meanwhile, Indonesia's Association of Bauxite and Iron ore Entrepreneurs (APB3I) said that the construction of 5 bauxite smelters need to be postponed due to financial uncertainties.

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  • Mining in Indonesia: Newmont Nusa Tenggara’s Ore Concentrate Export

    Indonesia's Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Jero Wacik opened the possibility for Newmont Nusa Tenggara, subsidiary of US-based gold miner Newmont Mining Corporation, to resume exports of ore concentrates, provided that Newmont shows its commitment to build a smelter in Indonesia as in accordance with the new and controversial 2009 Mining Law. One of the targets of this new law is to boost Indonesia’s downstream mining industry by prohibiting export of unprocessed minerals.

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  • Weak Governance in Indonesian Mining Sector: Overlapping Mining Areas

    R. Sukhyar, Director of Mineral and Coal at the Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry said that 184 mining business licenses (Indonesian: Izin Usaha Pertambangan, or IUP), needed for exploration and mining activities, have been revoked this June because of overlapping mining areas and illegal administration. The revoked permits concerned mining areas in Jambi (99 revoked licenses), South Sumatra (83), and South Sulawesi (2). This case is another illustration of weak governance in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

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  • Pertamina Hulu Energi Appointed as New Operator of Siak Oil Block in Riau

    Pertamina Hulu Energi Appointed as New Operator of the Siak Oil Block in Riau

    Pertamina Hulu Energi, subsidiary of state-owned energy firm Pertamina, has been officially appointed as the new operator of the Siak oil block in Riau (Sumatra) after the contract of Chevron Siak Indonesia (CSI) had expired on 27 November 2013. The Indonesian government decided not to renew the production sharing contract (PSC) with Chevron, instead appointing Pertamina Hulu Energi as new operator of the oil block (in line with the government's aim to have more domestic control over the country's natural resources).

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  • Freeport Indonesia and Newmont Nusa Tenggara Build Processing Facilities

    Freeport Indonesia and Newmont Nusa Tenggara Build Processing Facilities

    R. Sukhyar, Director General for Coal and Mineral Resources at the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, said that Freeport Indonesia and Newmont Nusa Tenggara, two of the largest copper miners in Indonesia, have shown their commitment to build refining facilities (in line with the 2009 Mining Law) by agreeing to transfer a total of USD $140 million to the government as a deposit guarantee. Freeport will transfer USD $115 million, whereas Newmont will transfer the remaining USD $25 million.

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  • Company Profile of Vale Indonesia: Indonesia's Largest Nickel Producer

    Indonesia Investments updated the company profile of PT Vale Indonesia Tbk. Vale Indonesia, a subsidiary of the world's second-largest mining company headquartered in Brazil, is Indonesia's largest nickel producer. The company explores, mines, processes and produces nickel in matte, an intermediate product, from lateritic ores at its mining and processing facilities near Sorowako on the island of Sulawesi. At end 2013, Vale Indonesia had proven mineral reserves amounting to 94.2 million metric tons (Mt) and probable mineral reserves of 33.3 million Mt.

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  • Preparing Strategies to Tackle the Japan-Indonesia Export Ban Conflict

    Preparing Strategies to Tackle the Japan-Indonesia Export Ban Conflict

    The government of Indonesia has been preparing strategies to face Japan's possible complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about Indonesia's recently introduced export ban of mineral ore (UU Minerba No. 4 - 2009). A special team from Indonesia's Trade Ministry, headed by Gusmardi Bustami, has been set up to handle the dispute. Japan feels forced to bring the export ban case to the WTO because its industry is highly dependent on the supply of certain raw Indonesian commodities, particularly nickel.

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  • External Debt of Indonesia Grew 7.4 Percent in February 2014

    Indonesia’s external debt in February 2014 amounted to USD $272.1 billion, thus having increased 7.4 percent (year-on-year) from the same month a year earlier. Outstanding external debt as of end-February 2014 consisted of public sector debt (USD $129.0 billion) and private sector debt (USD $143.1 billion). The growth pace of Indonesia's external debt in February 2014 was slightly higher than the 7.2 percent (yoy) growth pace recorded in January 2014. These data were taken from Bank Indonesia's website.

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  • Japan to World Trade Organization over Indonesia's Mineral Export Ban

    The government of Japan is most likely to file a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about Indonesia's recently introduced ban on the export of mineral ore (UU Minerba No. 4 - 2009). Although the WTO is yet to receive a formal letter of protest, Indonesian newspaper Investor Daily reported on Friday (04/04) that Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi has already received a letter from Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs in which the step was announced. Japan feels forced to bring the case to the WTO as its industry is affected by the ban.

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  • Sakari Resources Will IPO on Indonesia Stock Exchange When Coal Price Rises

    PTT Plc, a Thailand-based energy company which conducts coal mining activities in Sebuku, Jambayan and Laung (all on the island of Kalimantan), is planning to list its subsidiary, Sakari Resources, on the Indonesia Stock Exchange through an initial public offering (IPO). PTT Plc has been active in Indonesia's mining sector since 2008 when it acquired a 94 percent stake in (Singapore-listed) Sakari Resources. After the acquisition, Sakari Resources delisted from the Singapore Stock Exchange.

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Latest Columns Mining

  • Coal Mining Update: Contract Extension Relaxation, Price Pressures & the Government’s Dilemma

    Coal Mining Update: Contract Extension Relaxation, Price Pressures & the Government’s Dilemma

    By revising Indonesian Government Regulation No. 23/2010, the Indonesian government plans to provide local coal miners more certainty by allowing an earlier submission of a request for the extension of mining concessions. Stakeholders in the mining sector argue that this would considerably strengthen the nation’s investment climate, specifically the coal mining industry, on the back of improved legal certainty.

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  • Freeport McMoRan and Indonesia Reach Agreement on Stake, or Did They?

    Freeport McMoRan and Indonesia Reach Agreement on Stake, or Did They?

    After years of struggle and negotiations there now seems light at the end of the tunnel for the Indonesian government and US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Both sides signed a Head of Agreement on Thursday 12 July 2018 that will give Indonesia’s state-owned mining company Indonesia Asahan Aluminum (better known as Inalum) and the local government of Papua a 51.23 percent stake in Freeport Indonesia, implying the company - the operator of the Grasberg mine, which is the world’s largest gold mine and second-largest copper mine – will come under Indonesian control.

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  • Indonesian Mining Companies in Focus: Aneka Tambang (Antam)

    Indonesian Coal Mining Companies in Focus: Aneka Tambang (Antam)

    One of the companies, listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange, that is experiencing a very good performance so far in 2018 is vertically integrated and diversified mining and metals company Aneka Tambang, a state-controlled entity. Not only did the company's corporate earnings and production figures surged in the first quarter of 2018 on the back of stronger commodity prices (and rising demand), but shares of Aneka Tambang also soared - by a whopping 45.60 percent - up to Friday (22/06).

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  • Indonesian Heavy Equipment Distributors in Focus: Intraco Penta

    Indonesian Heavy Equipment Distributors in Focus: Intraco Penta

    Indonesian heavy equipment distributor Intraco Penta is optimistic that its corporate earnings will improve in 2018 and 2019 on the back of rising coal prices and the so-called "replacement cycle". Ferdinand Dion, Investor Relations Strategist at Intraco Penta, said every five years mining companies tend to replace those heavy equipment units that have been consistently used for the past five years.

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  • Indonesian Heavy Equipment Firms in Focus: United Tractors

    Indonesian Heavy Equipment Firms in Focus: United Tractors

    Sales of United Tractors, the largest distributor of heavy equipment in Indonesia and part of the Astra Group, continue to climb in 2017. In fact, the management of United Tractors now expects full-year 2017 sales to exceed their initial forecast. Sara Loebis, Corporate Secretary of United Tractors, said the company has therefore raised its forecast for full-year heavy equipment unit sales from 3,000 to 3,200 units.

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  • Mining in Indonesia: Concern about High Non-Performing Loan Ratio

    Mining in Indonesia: Concern about High Non-Performing Loan Ratio

    The non-performing loan (NPL) ratio in Indonesia's mining and excavation sector has risen drastically over the past year. Moreover, there seems few room for an improvement of the NPL ratio in this sector on the short term because mining and excavation companies are expected to remain amid tough conditions in the remainder of the year. The NPL ratio is a key indicator for measuring bad loans.

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  • Divestment Procedure for Mining Companies Revised

    Divestment Procedure for Mining Companies Revised

    Recently, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (Ministry) issued regulation number 9/2017 on Procedures for Divestments and Mechanisms to Determine the Divested Share Price for Business Active in the Minerals and Coal Sector (New Regulation). The New Regulation replaces Ministry regulation number 27/2013. In this column we discuss the impact of the New Regulation on foreign investors in Indonesia.

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  • The Impact of Low Oil Prices on Listed Companies in Indonesia

    The Impact of Low Oil Prices on Listed Companies in Indonesia

    Overall, low crude oil prices are problematic for stock markets as low prices indicate the world economy is not expanding on full throttle. This curbs investors' risk appetite. Particularly those companies that are active in the oil industry (or in related industries) will likely face declining share prices. However, there are also positive effects of low oil prices. For example consumers' purchasing power should improve because prices at the gas pump are lower, while some companies can curb operational costs. Hence, consumer and transportation stocks should actually benefit from low oil prices.

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  • Freeport Indonesia May Resume Exports Soon but Dispute Continues

    Freeport Indonesia May Resume Exports Soon but Dispute Continues

    Reportedly, the government of Indonesia will hand Freeport Indonesia a temporary export permit for copper concentrate shipments, hence being able to bypass (for the moment) Indonesia's controversial ban on mineral ore exports. Freeport Indonesia, the local unit of US mining giant Freeport McMoRan, has been unable to export copper concentrate for the past three months, thus missing out on about USD $1 billion in revenue. Due to the drop in exports, mining activities at the Grasberg mine in Papua fell drastically, giving rise to concern about layoffs.

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  • Protectionism in Indonesia: Falling Role of Commodities in the Economy

    Protectionism in Indonesia: Falling Role of Commodities in the Economy

    An interesting story was released on Bloomberg Markets Asia on Wednesday (29/03) about the sliding role of commodities in the Indonesian economy and the need for Southeast Asia's largest economy to find a new growth engine (or better: several new growth engines) that will take the country to economic growth levels of +7 percent year-on-year (y/y) as once pledged by Indonesian President Joko Widodo during his presidential campaign in 2014.

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