HONG KONG PT
Freeport Indonesia has restarted some operations at its
Grasberg copper mine after receiving Indonesian government
"We have started
operation at our open pit and mill yesterday and are slowly
ramping up," Daisy Primayanti, vice president of corporate
communications, said in a June 23 e-mail to AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin. "As far as our underground
operation is concerned, we cant give any indication of
time at this point as investigations by both the government
special team and our internal team are ongoing."
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.s Indonesian
subsidiary declared force majeure on concentrate
shipments from its Grasberg Mine after a tunnel collapsed in an
underground training facility May 14, killing 28 workers (
amm.com, June 12). A truck driver also was killed
June 1 in a separate accident.
Grasberg, one of the
worlds largest copper-gold mines, normally produces about
220,000 tonnes of ore per day, with about 140,000 tonnes from
the open pit and 80,000 tonnes from underground mining
operations, local media and analysts have said. It employs more
than 24,000 workers.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.