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Rio Tinto not expected to relinquish interest in Freeport Indonesia copper mine until 2022 -govt official

JAKARTA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Rio Tinto is not expected until 2022 to relinquish its interest in the giant Grasberg copper mine in Indonesia operated by the local unit of Freeport McMoRan Inc, a government official said on Friday.

“In 2022 it will automatically convert to a shareholding,” the official said, referring to Rio’s 40 percent participating interest in Grasberg under a joint venture with PT Freeport Indonesia.

Reporting by Fergus Jensen

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