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Freeport Indonesia to start smelter construction mid-2020 -spokesman

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JAKARTA, June 12 (Reuters) -


* The Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan Inc is aiming to start construction of a copper smelter in mid-2020, PT Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama told reporters on Wednesday
* Pratama said the smelter is scheduled to start production late in 2023, with input capacity of 2 million tonnes of copper concentrate
* Freeport agreed to build a copper smelter in Indonesia within five years of closing a deal last December with the Indonesian government on the operatorship of the giant Grasberg copper mine
* Meanwhile, Freeport Indonesia plans to request an additional export quota, Pratama said on Wednesday, without disclosing the amount. Freeport currently has a one-year permit to export 198,282 wet tonnes of copper concentrate.


(Reporting by Bernadette Christina; editing by Richard Pullin)

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