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Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources: 7 Bauxite Smelters Built Only in the Form of Fields

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Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources: 7 Bauxite Smelters Built Only in the Form of Fields

Jakarta, Timerilis.com – The Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources showed his disappointment with several companies that did not show their seriousness in building bauxite refining and processing facilities.

According to data from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, five companies are carrying out the construction of metal mineral concentrate refineries and there is already one company that has completed the construction of lead commodity refining facilities, namely PT Kapuas Prima Citra. Four other smelters with copper, iron, and zinc commodities have not yet been completed.

Meanwhile, there are twelve companies building bauxite refining facilities, of which four smelters are already operating by producing Chemical Grade Alumina (CGA), Smelter Grade Alumina (SGA), and producing as much as 2 million tons per year.

“Of the twelve planned refineries, four smelters are operating and eight smelters are under construction,” Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif said at the House of Representatives on Wednesday (24/5/2023).

The progress of smelter construction is different from what happens in the field. When the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources traces the construction of smelters only finds the field at the location even though the progress shows 33-66% percent.

“Seven smelter locations are still in the form of fields, although it is stated in the verification report that the progress of the builders has reached 32 to 66 percent. This is the picture and the following companies that we did in the field,” Arifin explained.