Manyar Freeport Indonesia Smelter Provides Economic Benefits for East Java
24 February 2023
Construction of the Manyar smelter has reached 54.5 percent or faster than the target of 52.9 percent which the government has approved. As planned, PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) will complete construction of the copper smelter with the world's largest single-line design by the end of December 2023 and start its operational activities at the end of May 2024 until it reaches full operation by the end of December 2024.
To review the progress of the construction of the Manyar smelter as one of the strategic projects for the development of the national downstream industry, Commission VI of the Indonesian Parliament paid a working visit to the Manyar smelter development project in the Gresik Special Economic Zone (KEK), East Java, on Friday (24/2).
"After seeing the smelter project earlier, we are convinced that the work on the smelter will be completed on time, even though there was a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Deputy Chairman of Commission VI of the Republic of Indonesia DPR, Sarmuji. "The existence of a smelter will attract new investors, especially in the downstream sector which utilizes copper cathodes, which supports the progress of Gresik and East Java getting stronger," added Sarmuji.
PTFI President Director Tony Wenas who accompanied Commission VI DPR RI working visit said "The progress of the Manyar smelter construction is inseparable from the support of all our stakeholders, including the DPR RI as a strategic partner who always provides input and oversees the progress of this construction. Communities and local businesses are stakeholders that we embrace to meet the various operational needs of smelter construction so that it can provide optimal benefits for Java.
In the construction of the Manyar smelter, PTFI has prioritized recruiting local East Java workers, especially the people of Gresik. In addition, PTFI also prioritizes the utilization of regional potentials to meet various operational needs for smelter construction, including consumption, transportation, and employee uniforms, to office supply. Furthermore, PTFI has invested up to 1.78 billion US dollars or the equivalent of 27 trillion rupiah out of a total of 3 billion US dollars or the equivalent of 45 trillion rupiah.
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