JAKARTA Jan 13 U.S. mining giant Freeport
McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc is still awaiting government
approval to export copper concentrate from its its huge copper
mine in Indonesia, a spokewoman said on Monday.
Indonesia introduced the controversial ban on Sunday on a
range of raw mineral ores in order to force companies to build
processing plants on Indonesian soil, but policy confusion
"While waiting to receive all new government regulations,
that we anticipate to be issued soon, PTFI (Freeport) has not
received a renewed export approvals effective Jan. 12," company
spokeswoman Daisy Primayanti told Reuters in a text.
Freeport Indonesia CEO Rozik Soetjipto told Reuters on
Sunday that he believed the company would be allowed to continue
shipping copper concentrate, but was awaiting government
confirmation. Freeport union officials say the firm had not made
a copper shipment from its Papua complex since Dec. 15.