Gov’t Evaluates Nickel Ore Exports
Date 30 Oktober 2019
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut B. Pandjaitan denied that the Indonesian Government has imposed a ban on nickel ore exports. The fact is that the Government only carries out an evaluation to several irregularities found on the implementation on the ground before the ban applies as of 1 January 2020.
“We will evaluate the irregularities for 2 weeks, then we will have it checked,” Luhut told reporters after joining a limited meeting, at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Wednesday (30/10).
The Coordinating Minister went on to say that the irregularities include exports of nickel ore containing mineral content more than 1.7 per cent, while the Government only allows exports for grade 1.7 and below. The other irregularities are export exceeding quota, export conducted by other than smelter’s owner, and smelter’s condition that does not correspond to what was reported.
Luhut also said that the Government carries out an evaluation after reports on the amount of nickel imported to China showed a twofold difference than the report of Chinese Government.
“Thus, it indicates manipulation in the amount of nickel and the mineral content. That is why the Government must address the issue and stop the irregularities,” he said adding that the Coordinating Ministry will also involve the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for preventive measures.
The Coordinating Minister firmly said that Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is also conducting investigations to several Mining Authorization (KP) that established a smelter or gained permit to export nickel to check whether the report was made in accordance with the situation on the ground. Should there any violation, the KPK will be involved. (MAY/RAH/ES)
Translated by : Rany Anjany Subachrum
Edited by : Muhardi/Yuyu Mulyani