Jokowi Inaugurates Freeport Smelter Construction in Gresik



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday, Oct. 12, departed to the East Java Province from the Halim Perdanakusuma Military Airbase. 

    As the President and his entourage landed at the Juanda International Airport, they immediately traveled to the Gresik Special Economic Zone (KEK) to inaugurate the groundbreaking of a Freeport Indonesia smelter construction.

    The construction of the smelter located in the Java Integrated Industrial and Port Estate (JIIPE) Gresik is planned to start in 2023. 

    Vice President Corporate Communication of PT Freeport Indonesia, Riza Pratama, mentioned in an Antaranews report that the massive project would likely cost up to US$3 billion. The location was picked as it is compatible with a cement plant, which can utilize the results of processing sulfuric acid, silver and gypsum.

    “Why is the Freeport smelter built in Gresik? One of the reasons is that it can be used by the cement plant to manage sulfate acid, which dominates,” said Riza. 

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