Asiatic to Build Rp 4t Port, Coal-Processing Plant in E. Kalimantan
BY :RANGGA PRAKOSO
FEBRUARY 24, 2015
Muara Badak, East Kalimantan. Asiatic Universal Indonesia, a coal-mining services company, plans to spend Rp 4 trillion ($3 billion) for the construction of a coal port and processing plant in Muara Badak and Merangkayu in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan.
R. Sukhyar, the director general of mineral and coal at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, and Asiatic president director Herru Tomo Husodo attended the inauguration of the port and processing plant’s construction.
Construction of the facilities, which is part of the 14 coal ports to be built under the government’s plan, was meant to optimize state income for all coal-mining activity that would pass through the port and to help employ around 2,000 people locally, Sukhyar said on Sunday.
Completion of the construction of the facilities is expected to take two years.
“We hope that locals will be employed for the construction and once it is done, there will be more service and capital goods suppliers coming from East Kalimantan,” Sukhyar said.
The central government would equip the port with facilities for port masters, customs and monitoring.
The port would have a 17-kilometer long conveyor belt connecting from the processing plant to help distribute as much as 6,000 metric tons of coal per minute to the freighters, Herru said.