Indonesia Will Have a Bauxite Smelter in 2027

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif said the bauxite alumina smelter facility currently developed by PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminum (Inalum) will be completed by the end of 2027.

The statement was made after attending a closed meeting chaired by President Joko Widodo at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, on February 5.

“We will build the smelter processing facilities at Inalum. It will be completed in 2027,” Arifin said after the meeting, on Monday, February 5, 2024.

The project will use clean energy supported by PLN. “It is full of clean energy,” Arifin emphasized.

Arifin did not specify the project in question. However, it is thought to be related to the Mempawah Smelter Grade Alumina Refinery (SGAR) in West Kalimantan, which is said to have reached 80 percent as of mid-December 2023. The project had been stalled for several years due to contractor disputes. 

The SGAR smelter is expected to produce one million tons of alumina annually with an estimated bauxite raw material of 3.3 million tons per year.

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