Sunday, February 15, 2015

1) 14 Caught Rasia KNPB activists in Port Nabire

2) Govt, Freeport agree to  build smelter in Papua
3) Mimika Prepares 2,000 Hectares of Land for Freeport Smelters
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A google translate of article in bintangpapua.com. Be-aware google translate can be a bit erratic.
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Monday, February 16th, 2015 00:52
1) 14 Caught Rasia KNPB activists in Port Nabire
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Police Commissioner PatrigeJAYAPURA - A total of 14 activists from the region KNPB Sorong Regency Fak-Fak and successfully secured the apparatus Rasia joint military / police in Port Samabusa, Nabire, on Sunday (15/2) morning around 06.00 CET.
Head of Public Relations (Head of Public Relations) Papua Police, Police Commissioner Patrige when confirmed Bintang Papua, said the 14 activists who had secured it such, KH, YK, YW, JM, WM, WK, YES, OM, CJ, NK, MA , MH, Chairman KNPB Sorong, and Chairman of the District Fak-Fak KNPB.
"Rasia joint military and police forces have led directly Ops Nabire Police deployed 50 personnel to perform when KM Dorolonda Rasia rely on the Port Samabusa Kimi bay, Nabire," he said.
In addition to securing 14 of the KNPB activists, said Patrige, the combined forces military / police also seized a number of items of evidence in the form, in the form of a sheet of paper containing the struggle Papua international diplomacy and national.
"A joint team still identify passengers who were still in port suspected KNPB activists. Rasia ended two hours later, at around 08.30 CET, "he said.

While further Patrige, one spokesperson KNPB Sorong area berininsial YK (24), is still being interrogated by the Criminal Investigators. "The question was examined to determine their journey," he said. (loy / don / l03)


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2) Govt, Freeport agree to  build smelter in Papua
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Business | Sun, February 15 2015, 9:09 PM -

The government and gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PT FI) have apparently agreed to build a smelter in Papua, ending uncertainty surrounding the mining giant.
The agreement was struck during a visit to Papua by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said, who was accompanied by Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadi Muljono and lawmakers Tony Wardoyo and Wellem Wandik of the House of Representatives Commission VII.
The officials held a meeting with Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, Mimika Regent Eltinus Omaleng and PT FI president director Maroef Sjamsjoeddin at the Rimba Papua Hotel in Timika on Sunday.
Enembe said each party would take an active role in realizing the construction of a smelter in Papua.
The Papua provincial administration and related ministries will draft a national program to support the smelter construction, according to a release.
Other than preparing land for the smelter, the provincial administration and Mimika regency administration will also build an industrial zone, which will be part of the smelter construction, the release added.
“We have prepared the land and I have gathered a number of regents in Papua’s central mountain range and have agreed to help with the financing and will invest,” Enembe said.
As a follow up to the agreement, Enembe said, the energy minister would create a team to study the national capacity for managing the smelter, which would map how to continue smelter development in the future.
There has been no detailed information on the cost or time frame for the smelter or the land needed for its construction.
PT FI, a subsidiary of US copper and gold mining company Freeport-McMoRan, has been operating a mine in Papua for decades and has previously refused to build a smelter in the province, saying it would use a smelter in Gresik, East Java, in which it has a 25-percent stake.
“The agreement [to develop] a smelter in Papua is an inseparable part of national smelter development,” Sudirman told reporters in Timika as reported by Antara news agency.
“We are building national capacity and will soon establish a national study team,” he said when reading the agreement.
Sudirman added that the smelter was part of an industrial zone which was being prepared by the Papua and Mimika administrations. He added that the industrial zone would not only include the smelter but also downstream and other supporting industries.
Sudirman and Basuki surveyed the smelter’s planned location on an island off Mimika’s Poumako Port.
Basuki, according to Enembe, promised to push for an industrial zone.
“We and PT Freeport can certainly develop [an] industrial zone including the use of tailing to develop industrial-zone infrastructure,” Basuki said in the release.
Meanwhile, Maroef revealed that the decision to build a smelter in Papua was in line with national policy and was a positive step in which the issue had been politicized. He added it was part of economic discourse to push for development that is beneficial for Papua.
“For PT Freeport Indonesia, the decision to build a smelter in Papua is [part of] a series of pushes to solve the problem,” Maroef said in the release.
“We welcome the Papua provincial administration’s effort which, with the existing resources, has considered the upstream and downstream mining industries in Papua.” (nvn) (++++)
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MONDAY, 16 FEBRUARY, 2015 | 02:14 WIB
3) Mimika Prepares 2,000 Hectares of Land for Freeport Smelters
TEMPO.COJakarta - Following Papua provincial government’s wish build smelters of mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua, Mimika Regent Eltius Omaleng said that the local government had prepared land for the location of the smelters in the region.
"For the locations of smelters, it is located near Amamapere seaport,” Eltius said to the delegation of the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister in Mimika.
In addition, Eltius said the local government has also prepared 5 hectare of land in Pomako for cement packing plant to support the smelters.
In the meantime, Energy Minister Sudirman Said sad the plant would later function to pack the cement and distribute cement to meet demands from the residents and local industries.
For the record, the location of the factory is near the seaport and has direct access to the residential areas.
"So it’s part of the effort to develop infrastructures,” the Minister said.
 
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