Tuesday, 18 February 2020 | 19:31 WIB

In 2017, Industry to Pursue Construction of 32 Nickel Smelters

Illustration: Smelter (energitoday)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Chairperson of the Indonesian Nickel Producers Association (APNI) Ladjiman Damanik says industry continues to develop smelter—processing plants—in Indonesia this year.

The association aims to build 32 nickel smelters which can be operable in 2017. This was revealed by the representative of industry at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources office today (3/6/2017).

"Now, operating six nickel smelters. Later adding another 26. In total there are 32 more or less," he said in the Meeting Room of C Building at Directorate General of Mineral and Coal, Tebet, Jakarta, Monday (3/6).

With the operation of 26 nickel smelters, the production capacity of processed nickel increases. Based on APNI's data current production reaches 300-400 thousand tons per year.

"I projected with the presence of 26 plants more or less later [it reaches] at least one million tons per year," he said.

Ladjiman said the nickel smelter can provide certainty to the market, such as China, wherein there is large nickel demand.

"At least there is agreement on making, development of smelters is mostly done here," he said. (*)