1 Year of Operation, Harita Nickel Produces 188,600 WMT of Raw Materials for Electric Vehicle Batteries

1 Year of Operation, Harita Nickel Produces 188,600 WMT . of Raw Materials for Electric Vehicle Batteries

Since being inaugurated on June 23, 2021 under the auspices of Harita Nickel , Halmahera Persada Lygend has become the first company in Indonesia to produce raw materials for electric vehicle batteries

This company produces and markets Mixed Hydroxide Precipitate (MHP) as a premium nickel downstream product, for the raw material for making electric vehicle batteries.

Later, MHP is processed into Nickel Sulfate (NiSO4) and Cobalt Sulfate (CoSO4) which are raw materials for electric vehicle batteries. It is noted that since its initial operation until June 2022, 188,600 WMT have been successfully produced to meet the needs of electric vehicle batteries.

Professor of Metallurgy, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Prof. Dr. Mohammad Zaki Mubarok ST.MT, said that the presence of the High Pressure Acid Leach (HPAL) technology factory from Harita Nickel brought innovation in the domestic downstream sector as one of the first cutting-edge technologies in Indonesia.

“This is a new thing, processing low grade nickel which has not been processed so far,” he said.

In short, HPAL technology is able to turn nickel limonite (low grade) that was previously unused into a product with economic value that is more environmentally friendly by placing the remaining processing results in ex-mining areas and not disturbing the environment.

“That (the method) can be said to be realistic and safe,” said Zaki. 

Not only that, the Head of the North Maluku Environmental Service, Fachruddin Tukuboya, said that his party and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) carried out environmental management monitoring in the factory operational area so that the implementation of HPAL technology was guaranteed by the government.

“The environmental management is still good. So far, the results of laboratory tests have met the quality standards, in accordance with the provisions of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry,” said Fachruddin.

The surrounding environment is maintained

The real evidence of the preservation of the surrounding environment is felt and proven directly by the fishing group of Kawasi Village, which is chaired by Edi Karamaha.

According to him, the marine life around the Kawasi waters is well maintained, thus maintaining the source of livelihood.

“Here we often go to sea. It’s not too far away, just around the beach area because we can already get fish, whether it’s flying fish or bottom fish. There are still many fish places that we can find. When we came home, the people were already waiting because they like fresh fish,” said Edi.

The presence of HPAL also has an economic impact on the community and state income.

Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of North Maluku in the first quarter of 2022, North Maluku’s economy grew by 29.63 percent compared to the previous quarter.

This figure was influenced by the manufacturing industry which grew by 138.92 percent in the second quarter where the production of ferronickel and MHP by Harita Nickel also contributed to this growth.

Not only that, with the operation of the HPAL factory, thousands of local workers and community empowerment programs are important factors that add to the company’s contribution to the development of the surrounding area.