The Jakarta Post reported that after gaining control of 51.23 percent shares of gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia, the government is eyeing to gain a 20 percent stake in publicly listed nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia. SOEs Ministry’s undersecretary for mining, strategic industries and media affairs, Fajar Harry Sampurno, said in Jakarta that „We are certainly interested, but we have not assigned a company yet to represent the government.”

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s mineral director, Yunus Saefulhak, said the ministry had received INCO’s divestment proposal letter. He added that INCO had submitted its report to the Finance Ministry while sending its offer to the SOEs Ministry. He said that „The corporate action will be decided by the government. The divestment has been offered to state-owned mining holding company PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium [Inalum] and state-owned diversified miner PT Aneka Tambang [Antam], among others.”

Antam president director Arie Prabowo Ariotedjo said the company was not disinterested in securing INCO’s shares but that the miner would focus on its downstream business this year.

Inalum president director Budi Sadikin, meanwhile, expressed the company’s interest, citing the strategic value of nickel.

Budi said the company was awaiting instructions from ministers Ignatius Jonan and Rini Soemarno.