JAKARTA, July 30 (Reuters) -
* Indonesian government will extend temporarily a special mining permit (IUPK) for Freeport McMoran’s local unit that is due to expire on July 31, Coal and Minerals Director General Bambang Gatot told reporters on Monday.
* The ministry has yet to decide on the length of the permit extension.
* Freeport is currently negotiating the sale of a majority of its stake in its local unit (PT-FI) to Indonesia’s state-owned mining company Inalum.
* Freeport operates the Grasberg copper mine in the eastern province of Papua that is the world’s second-largest. (Reporting by Bernadette Christina Munthe; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)