Friday, March 6, 2015

1) Freeport to refine some copper concentrate in Papua smelter

2) Papua Police Fire Three Personnel
3) Special Committee to Promote Papuan Women Traders’ Market
4) Persipura, Freeport continue  partnership

1) Freeport to refine some  copper concentrate in Papua  smelter
Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Business | Fri, March 06 2015, 6:24 AM -
One of the world’s copper and gold giants, PT Freeport Indonesia, has pledged that it would process some of its copper concentrate at a smelter to be built by the Papua provincial administration and its Chinese partner in the province’s regency of Timika.

The company’s president director Maroef Sjamsoeddin said that Freeport would continue cooperating with the Papua provincial administration.

 “That way PT Freeport does not need to build a smelter at its own expense because the Papua provincial administration has expressed a willingness to build one,” Maroef said in Jayapura on Wednesday night.

 In cooperation with Chinese investors, the Papua provincial administration plans to build a smelter with a capacity of 900,000 tons per year in Timika, which is located near the mining giant’s mines. The plant is expected to begin operation by 2020.

 Maroef said the provincial administration’s decision to build the smelter, paying for it out of its own funds and not out of Freeport Indonesia’s, was made during the visit of Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said to the smelter development site in Timika.

Freeport processes a small part of its copper concentrate in a smelter in Gresik, East Java. Under the new mining law, all miners should process their mineral production in local smelters. The government has asked Freeport to build a new smelter in Papua, but the company prefers to build one in Gresik, near the existing one.

Maroef said that by 2017 Freeport would close its open-pit mine in Grasberg and would focus on its underground mining, which is predicted to produce 2 million tons of concentrate a year.

 Previously Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said that the planned smelter would cost Rp 13 trillion (US$1 million). The facility is expected to be able to start operation by 2020 as construction will take some 54 months to finish.

 The site for developing the smelter is located in Poumako, Timika, covering an area of 650 hectares. The site is also to be developed into an industrial center.

 “The site is ready to develop as it already has spatial planning, an environmental impact analysis [amdal[, a cement packing industry and is located only some 3 kilometers from the port site,” Lukas said.

 Papua Mining Agency head Bangun Manurung said the smelter would not use the planned PLTA Urumuka plant to supply its need for electricity, as the power plant was still in the planning process and would need a long time to complete.

 “There is no guarantee that in five years PLTA Urumuka will be operating already. That’s why we will use another technology,” said Manurung, who is also chairman of the smelter development team.

 He said the smelter facility would use Canadian technology that was developed by ENFI, a subsidiary of the NFC Non Ferrous China Company, and use a gas-fueled power plant (PLTG).

 “This is a continuous process system; the heat produced can be used to generate electricity so that it will not need a huge supply of electricity,” Manurung said. The facility will need a total electricity supply of up to 50 megawatts (MW), in which 10 MW is for the smelter, 20 MW is for the refinery and the remaining 20 MW is for the utilities. The PLTG will be built near the smelter and refinery, using GE technology.

 The whole compound of the facility will hold a copper smelter, a copper refinery, a gold and silver refinery, a sulfate acid factory, an oxygen factory and a steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) using coal as raw material or a PLTG. The project is to be funded by the Bank of China.

Manurung said that within the next six months his team would work on the licenses for the smelter development site as it would also be developed into an integrated industrial area for Timika.

“Most importantly, within the next six months, hopefully, the MoU [memorandum of understanding] with PT Freeport on its concentrate supply for the smelter will be already done. If Freeport does not supply the concentrate it will raise a big question mark,” Manurung said. - 


2) Papua Police Fire Three Personnel

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua police have dismissed three errant members in disciplinary hearings on Wednesday (03/04/2015).
Papua Police spokesman, commissioner Patrige Renwarin said the three were fired because of violating the code of professional conduct of the Police. They are Brigadier Iqbal Triwijaya, Brigadier Faisal Arif, and Brigadier Fendi.
“Brigadier Iqbal Tiwijaya consumes shabu – shabu (crystal methamphetamine). He was charged Article11 letter a, Article 14, paragraph 1, letter b, and National Police Chief Regulation (Perkap PP) No 1 of 2003 concerning dismissal members of the police and or article 7 paragraph 1 letter b of the Regulation No. 14 of 2011 on the Police professional code of ethics, ” Renwarin said.
While the other police officer, Fendi got fired because he had not carried out his duties since 2010. He was subjected to Article 7, paragraph (1) letter e, the Regulation No. 14 of 2011, concerning the Police and the code of professional conduct or Article 14 paragraph (1) letter a and National Police Chief Regulation (Perkap PP) No. 1 of 2003. Then, Faisal Arif fired as he was absent more than 30 days, from July 2014 until now. He was subjected to Article 14 paragraph (1) letter a and National Police Chief Regulation No. 1 of 2003, and article 7 paragraph 1 of the Regulation No. 14 of 2011.
“We do not where they are. Even, Papua Police have issued a wanted list (DPO) for three times , “he said.
While Head Propam Papua Police Commissioner (Pol) Bambang Sutoyo said, this is a learning for police officers to always adhere to the code of ethics police in carrying out the task. (Arjuna Pademme/Tina)

3) Special Committee to Promote Papuan Women Traders’ Market

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Legislative Council will form three special committees including the Special Committee for Papuan women traders’ market.
The Council’s Legislation Board member Emus Gwijangge said the Special Committee would fight and promote the realization of a permanent market building for Papuan women traders.
“Up to now they have been protesting asking for a permanent market but it has never been materialized by the government. While the former Papua’s councilors similarly did the same thing; they never accommodated their aspiration. Now, we must take action to handle this issue seriously,” he said on Wednesday afternoon (4/3/2015).
He said in the period of 2009 – 2014, the representatives of Papuan women traders have met with the Papua’s councilors as well as the Papua Governor.  But there is no action taken until now. They never had been a concern.
“I feel sorry for them. They only become a victim. Actually it shouldn’t be a problem anymore. It is just how the government and parliament to pay attention on their voice. Do not ignore them and make priority on the non-Papuans. The indigenous Papuans must be prioritized,” he said.
Further he said if the reason was the land to reallocate the Damri (State Bus Company), it should be solved. He hoped the Special Committee could resolve the Papuan women’s demand.
“The point is we will struggle to promote the materialization of permanent market for Papuan women traders. But the execution is on the government’s hand because it’s connected with the budget,” he said.
On one occasion, the Secretary of Papuan Indigenous Traders Solidarity Robert Jitmau said land reallocation for Damri shouldn’t be a reason to postpone the development of permanent market for Papuan women traders. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

4) Persipura, Freeport continue  partnership
Nethy somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura, Papua | Sports | Fri, March 06 2015, 7:09 AM - 
Jayapura-based soccer club Persipura has received a financial boost as the 2014 runner-up is ready to begin its competition in this year’s Indonesian Super League (ISL).

The club announced it had garnered Rp 22 billion (US$1.7 million) from PT Freeport Indonesia and Rp 14 billion from Bank Papua.

The signing of the agreement with PT Freeport was conducted on Wednesday by the company’s president director Maroef Sjamsoeddin and club chairman Benhur Tommy Mano.

“Persipura needs Rp 23 billion for one season, including a portion allocated for our participation in the AFC [Asian Football Confederation] competition,” Mano said.

This is the fourth year that PT Freeport has been involved in the sponsorship of the club, which was beaten by Persib Bandung in last year’s ISL final.

“We are proud of Persipura’s achievement, both in domestic and regional competitions. We hope the players are back at their best performance. Keep fighting to boost Papua’s and Indonesia’s name,” Maroef said.

Persipura is the only Indonesian soccer club to attain four-star honors, beginning in 2005 when the Black Pearl, under coach Rahmad Darmawan, emerged as the ISL champion for the first time.

Boaz Solossa and teammates took runner-up status in the Copa Indonesia in 2006 and 2007.

After title drought in 2008, Persipura won the Community Shield in 2009, as well as being league champion for the second time, before it won another league title in 2011 and 2013.

In the 2014 AFC Cup, Persipura managed to advance to the semifinals with Churchill Brother (India), Home United (Singapore) and New Radiant (Maldives) being its victims in the group phase.

In the last-16 round, it beat Yangon United before eliminating defending champion Al-Kuwait. In the semifinals, it lost to eventual champion Al-Qadsia.

The ISL, which consists of 18 teams, has delayed its kick-off from the previously scheduled February to April over reports that a number of clubs have failed to complete administration requirements.

BOPI, the national supervisory board for professional sports, has required the clubs provide documents on tax clearance and players’ payroll for the league to kick off.

During a meeting at the House of Representatives, it was decided that the kick-off would take place on April 4, but BOPI has not guaranteed providing its recommendation if administrative requirements are not fulfilled.

Mano said that Persipura was one of six teams committed to paying tax.

“The tax directorate has said so,” Mano said when confronted about the issue. - 


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