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Only Six Mining Companies to Start Exploration in Protected Forest Land

Published by MAC on 2005-09-23


Only Six Mining Companies to Start Exploration in Protected Forest Land

ANTARA News

September 23, 2005

Jakarta - Only six of the 13 mining companies holding permits to carry out natural resources exploration in protected forests based on the Presidential Regulation (Keppres) No.41 have made preparation to start their activities in their exploration areas covering 301.204 ha of land, the Forestry Ministry announced Thursday (22/9).

The six companies comprise PT Weda Bay Nickel (with an exploration areacovering 954 ha), PT Natarang Mining (40 ha), PT Karimun Granit (1.160ha), PT Sorikmas Mining (30.000 ha), PT Aneka Tambang (7.090 ha) and PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals (213 ha).

The 13 mining companies that have exploration permits based on Keppres No41) are PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua, PT Karimun Granit in Riauislands, PT Inco Tbk in Central Sulawesi, PT Indominco Mandiriin East Kalimantan, PT Aneka Tambang in North Maluku, PT Natarang Miningdi North Maluku, PT Nusa Halmahera Minerals in North Maluku, PT Pelsart Tambang Kencana in South Kalimantan, PT Interex Sacra Raya in East and South Kalimantan, PT Weda Bay Nickel in North Maluku, PT Gag Nikel in Papua, PT Sorikmas Mining in North Sumatra and PT Aneka Tambang in Southeast Sulawesi.

Achmad Fauzi, head of Forestry Ministry's information center, explained that mining activities in protected forest land are allowed only with approval from the forestry minister in the form of operation permits or land use permits with compensation.

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