The dispute over mining rights dates back more than a decade ©PA Images
The dispute over mining rights dates back more than a decade ©PA Images

Temporary reprieve in Grasberg mine row

5 April 2017

The Indonesian government and the US mining company Freeport have reached an uneasy truce in a contract dispute that has significantly slowed production at the Grasberg mine in West Papua.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has granted Freeport Indonesia a mining permit until October. This is the latest development in a row during which the government has threatened to nationalise the gigantic copper and gold mine.

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