JAKARTA, March 28 Indonesia has approved an
increase in sales for local units of copper miners Freeport
McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc and Newmont Mining Corp
, which together produce 97 percent of the country's
copper, while the two firms await approval to resume exports.
The targets include a more than 10 percent increase in
Freeport's copper concentrate sales from its Grasberg mine at
2,118,525 tonnes in 2014 compared to realised sales of 1,919,667
tonnes in 2013, a mining ministry official said on Friday.
Of this amount, Freeport's copper concentrate export sales
are also targetted to increase more than 10 percent to 1,218,525
tonnes in 2014 compared to realised export sales of 1,104,161
tonnes in 2013.
"That data is base on their planning and our approval," Coal
and Minerals Director General Sukhyar told reporters on Friday.
The government has also approved a target to increase
increase copper concentrate sales from Newmont's Batu Hijau mine
by 66 percent to 527,136 tonnes this year compared to realised
2013 sales of 316,851 tonnes.
Of this amount the target includes export sales of 403,036
tonnes compared to realised export sales of 236,932 tonnes in
Southeast Asia's largest economy is pushing to increase
added value to the minerals it produces and has introduced rules
forcing miners to refine metals domestically, including an
escalating tax on exports.
Freeport and Newmont have halted copper concentrate
shipments since January, refusing to pay the export tax that
they say breaches their contracts.
(Reporting by Wilda Asmarini; Writing by Fergus Jensen, editing
by William Hardy)