Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Asks Vale Indonesia to Develop Nickel Powder


Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources ( ESDM ) Arifin Tasrif asked PT Vale Indonesia to increase the production of nickel derivatives through a more intensive downstream program. In particular, Arifin asked PT Vale Indonesia to produce nickel powder, which in the world is still relatively limited. He hopes that Indonesia can have a special industry to produce the nickel powder.


“Nickel powder is not much in the world. We have the nickel, why don’t we make it from the core to purified nickel,” said Arifin to the ranks of PT Vale Indonesia last weekend, quoted in a press release, Monday (15/8/2022). Thus, he said, the downstream program could provide optimal added value and increase investment and employment opportunities for local residents.

PT Vale Indonesia currently has a nickel processing and refining facility in Sorowako with a capacity of 70,000 tons of nickel matte. In addition to the existing project, Vale plans to build three new smelters. First, the Reduction Kiln-Electric Furnace (RKEF) nickel processing facility with an estimated production of 73,000 tons in the form of FeNi (ferronickel) in Morowali, Central Sulawesi. Second, the Pomalaa High Pressure Acid Leaching (HPAL) plant construction project located in Kolaka Regency, Southeast Sulawesi with a potential production capacity of 120,000 tons.

The development project for the Integrated Nickel Commodity Processing and Refining Facility with Mining in Central Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi has been designated as a National Strategic Project. Furthermore, the last is the plan to build the HPAL plant, which is the Sorowako smelter expansion project with a target production capacity of around 60 kilo tons of nickel.