Indonesia allows Freeport to restart underground mining

JAKARTA, July 9 Tue Jul 9, 2013 1:19am EDT

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JAKARTA, July 9 (Reuters) - Indonesia's energy and mineral resources ministry said on Tuesday it will allow Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc to resume underground operations at the world's second-biggest copper mine.

Freeport halted production at the huge Grasberg mine in remote West Papua on May 15, a day after a training area in a tunnel caved in, killing 28 people.

Freeport Indonesia President Director Rozik Soetjipto said at a media conference it would take one month for underground mining operations to hit full capacity. Earlier this month, the firm said open-pit mining was now running at full capacity after a prolonged closure.

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