5 Mine Products Ready Processed in 2014

Selasa, 11 Juni 2013 | 10:23

At least five mineral mining products are considered ready to undertake a down-streaming program in form of mineral ore processing in 2014, which are manganese, bauxite, nickel, iron sand, and zirconium.Director General of Mineral and Batubara Thamrin Sihite said the government continues the down-streaming program based on the existing law. In 2014, they will remain consistent to ban mineral exports, particularly copper.

“It’s most difficult to reach an agreement with copper [mining]. Major players like Freeport and Newmont claimed it’s not economical. However, we’ll remain consistent to ban exports in 2014,” he said, Friday (6/7).

As part of entrepreneurs’ commitments toward the program and provision of mineral product export facility, he added that mining permit holders should sincerely guaranteed that they will build smelter aside from fulfilling other requirements. "In fact, holders of mining permits will be asked to give money guarantees as a form of collateral for down-streaming program.”

The government’s recommendation for acceleration includes collecting data on mineral reserves and uploading the data into a website, which can be easily accessed by the public. In addition, they also recommend for revision of Ministry Decree No.7/2012.

If all parts of the copper can no longer be exported, the government will review other mineral regulation that can’t be exported, such as zirconium.

“We are still reviewing from which side [that can’t be exported], its color or grain,” said Thamrin.

Responding to the plan, Indonesian Zirconium Mining Association General Secretary Sihol Manullang said zirconium mining companies have actually agreed to conduct the down-streaming.

The problem, he added, the government is less firm in the decision making. In fact, the government has agreed zirconium substance for down-streaming is zirconium silicate with mess -325 and level above 62%.

 “Up to now, the government policy about its continuation is still unclear. Based on recent information, Directorate General of Mineral and Coal plans to allow zircon sand exports,” he said, Sunday (6/9).

The smelter construction takes approximately 8 months. On the other hand, the government's deadline is February 6, 2014. Sihol added that this could be made easier by revising the Ministry Decree No. 7/2012 in accordance with the discussion between the entrepreneurs and the Directorate General of Mineral and Coal.

Regarding Freeport Indonesia’s case, Thamrin said the government requires 3 months to inspect the location of incident at the Big Gossan mine. However, it may be extended if the independent team still requires additional data. “Three months are the expected time. The investigation team is currently working.”

The inspection is not only for Freeport’s underground mines but also all existing underground mines in Indonesia. The investigation team, which is headed by mining expert from Bandung Institute of Technology Ridho Wattimena, has been requested to investigate technical review and regional. (msw)


Batak Ulos marketed to Europe, America

Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Ulos, a traditional Batak tribe fabric in northern Sumatra, is not only marketed domestically, but internationally such as to Europe and the United States.

Chairman of the Ulos Batak Weaving and Ulos Batik Craftsmen Association Robert MT Sianipar said here on Tuesday that the traditional Ulos fabric is not only favored by Batak communities but also by foreigners.

The fact has shown that Ulos craftsmen receive increasing orders from several countries such as Russia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United States, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.

"Exports are not yet in bulk and depending on orders, but it does make us proud," he said.

In marketing their products to Europe and the United States and other countries in Asia, Robert said that there are no special promotions conducted, but only through information from old friends.

"We have some old friends there staying in those countries as our marketers. Initially the efforts experienced trial and error, but the prospects look pretty good, until now it is still going well," he said.

Robert said that he started the Ulos fabric business in early 1989 for local markets such as in Medan, where his parents happened to run their business there.

In 1992, a Singapore citizen is interested in his Ulos products, and then bought a few pieces as souvenirs.

"That was the beginning of my Ulos trade business that still lasts until now. These Ulos are all done using a traditional loom," he said.

by Inda Marlina, Arsyad Paripurna
source http://www.antaranews.com/