PT Aneka Tambang Tbk (ANTM) Ferronickel (FeNi) smelter in East Halmahera, North Maluku is approaching the operational stage. Aneka Tambang Syarief Company Secretary Faisal Alkadrie, said Antam had completed the commissioning process for the facility.
“The company has completed the commissioning process and is preparing to enter the commercial production phase,” said Syarief to Kontan.co.id, Thursday (12/10).
The East Halmahera FeNi Smelter is planned to have a production capacity of 13,500 TNi for Line 1 per year. This smelter will complement Antam’s 3 ferronickel smelter units in Pomalaa, Southeast Sulawesi which have 4 production lines with a combined capacity of 27,000 TNi per year.
Thus, when Antam’s East Halmahera Ferronickel Smelter Project is completed, Antam will have a total annual production capacity of up to 40,500 TNi.
To meet the electricity needs of the East Halmahera Feni smelter, Antam is collaborating with PT PLN (Persero). Both have signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PJBTL) in March 2022.
“Currently, the East Halmahera Feni Factory’s electricity supply has been met according to the factory’s capacity requirements,” said Syarief.
The East Halmahera Feni Smelter Project is one of several projects that Antam is currently working on. Apart from the East Halmahera Feni Factory project, ANTAM is also overseeing the Smelter Grade Alumina Refinery (SGAR) Phase I project in Mempawah, West Kalimantan.
The SGAR Mempawah project is a project managed by the joint venture company Inalum and Antam, namely PT Borneo Alumina Indonesia. According to Kontan.co.id records, the project value is USD 831 million.
Currently, work on the SGAR Mempawah project is over 50% complete. Later, the alumina produced by SGAR Mempawah phase I will later become raw material for the existing aluminum smelter belonging to a member of the MIND ID Group, namely PT Inalum, which is located in Kuala Tanjung with a capacity to accommodate alumina of up to 1 million kilo tons per annum (KTPA). The amount of alumina could be 500,000 tons of aluminum.
“And there is also (a project) to develop the EV Battery ecosystem in Indonesia,” added Syarief.
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