Sunday, April 13, 2014


1) Freeport Agrees Terms for Mining Contract Extension
2) Pilot of plane crash buried  in Papua

SUNDAY, 13 APRIL, 2014 | 04:02 WIB
1) Freeport Agrees Terms for Mining Contract Extension

TEMPO.COJakarta - The government and PT Freeport have agreed several terms in the renegotiation of Freeport's mining contract extension. There are three terms that have been agreed, according to Mineral and Coal Director, Gen. R. Sukyar, which are: the area of mining region, increased royalty rate to 3.75 percent, and smelter development plans. "The negotiation is still underway," he said, Friday, April 11.
Although they have agreed a number of points, he said, the organization still has not agreed to divest its stake. "In regard to divesting, we have not made a deal," he said.
He explained that the government has urged the American mining company to divest 30 percent of its stake to Indonesia. The figure is lower than what was required in Regulation Number 4 of 2009 regarding the obligation to divest 51 percent of stake.
According to Sukyar, the request to merely divest 30 percent is because Freeport still requires the underground mining investment in Grasberg, Papua. "The government requests 30 percent. 51 percent is the maximum figure depending on investments."
Previously, he said, the government will extend the contract with Freeport that will expire in 2021 if the company agrees to divest 30 percent of its stake. Up to this moment, the Freeport management has not confirmed whether they agree or not.

2) Pilot of plane crash buried  in Papua
The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Sat, April 12 2014, 7:26 AM

The body of Robert Franklin, 63, the pilot of the Godiak 100 plane that crashed at Advent airfield in Doyo Baru village in Sentani, Jayapura regency, Papua, on April 9, was buried on Friday at the airfield’s cemetery.
Though Franklin was a United States citizen, his family wished to bury him in Papua.
“He was instrumental in the aviation field in Papua. He used to fly into the heartland and was very popular, going
by the name of Bob. Virtually all residents of remote areas in Papua have travelled in planes flown by Bob,” said Mesak, a resident.
Based on a preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), it is believed that the ill-­fated plane crashed during a failed takeoff, after its left wing hit a bridge located at the end of the runway and it smashed onto a highway.
“The conclusive investigation will be announced by the KNKT in Jakarta,” said Papua KNKT representative, Nobert, adding that the failed takeoff was likely due to inadequate power or engine failure.

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