Mining on the sea floor should not begin before a full assessment of likely environmental impacts can be made, a report commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) said on Wednesday.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed the new Coal and Mineral Mining Law, which is meant to expand Indonesia’s mining industry but is marred with controversy over its socioenvironmental impacts and lack of procedural transparency.
Although located in remote areas distant from densely populated urban environments, mining companies have also unavoidably felt the impact of COVID-19. In addition to the decline in coal and other mineral prices, managing operations in mine sites has become extremely difficult when considering factors such as fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) crews that work in rosters (normally four-to-eight weeks on, two weeks off), workers’ use of public transportation, limited health facilities on-site or the nature of jobs that need tool sharing.
Unions at Chile's Codelco, the world's largest copper producer, said on Wednesday that nearly 3,000 workers had been infected with the coronavirus, prompting renewed calls for more safety measures at the company's sprawling operations.
State-owned mining holding company MIND ID plans to buy a 20 percent stake of one of the country’s top nickel miners, PT Vale Indonesia (INCO), by year-end in a move that is expected to further strengthen Indonesia’s grip on domestic mineral resources.
Chinese-backed mining company PT Virtue Dragon Nickel Industry (VDNI) has promised to hire 5,000 locals amid protests over the employment of 500 Chinese workers for nickel smelter projects in Konawe regency, Southeast Sulawesi.
Miners in Indonesia, the world’s top coal exporting country, have decided to cut domestic production by 50 million tons this year in their bid to increase global coal prices, which have been falling during the health crisis.
Coal production Through May 2020 reached 228 million tons. While the realization of the use of coal for domestic interests (Domestic Market Obligation / DMO) reached 53.55 million tons. This data was conveyed by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
An automatic Temperature Fever Screening Thermal Camera is the solution to keeping employees safe as mining companies prepare to get back to normal operations now that Indonesia’s COVID-19 Task force has designated mining as one of the nine business sectors to open up.