Jayapura, Jubi – Fire hit concentrated drying port of PT. Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) in Timika at Amamapare Port, Portsite at 19.09 PM local time.
There has been no official information from PTFI regarding the cause of the fire. This fire incident was informed by some of PTFI workers at Portsite.
But the police said the fire in the 2nd warehouse, at the conveyor position (8DC/8010 Raport Taflon conveyor). Papua Police Public Relations Division, Kombespol Ahmad Kamal said the fire was reported by PTFI at 18:25 local time.
The fire can be extinguished at 18.50 by the PTFI ERG team.
Port siteis a very important part of PTFI’s activities as a mean of receiving necessary materials and equipment and sending PTFI concentrates on board.
As the final process, the concentrate from the warehouse is loaded onto the vessel using a conveyor. The concentrate vessel is partially loaded on the dock ‘concentrate jetty’ and then the ship docks at Sea Buoy A (offshore) to complete the rest of the loading by using a barge.
The use of barges is necessary because of the depth of water that does not allow transports for full loading directly. Every year FI transports its concentrate of more than 100 ships.
As a result of these fires, it is likely that the concentrate delivery process will be hampered due to the burning of conveyors that normally connect the plant with concentrate transport vessels. This port is also the only shipping place for PTFI mined minerals concentrate.
PTFI spokesman Riza Pratama, to Reuters said that they are still conducting investigation and will report it to Ministry of Energy and Mining.(tabloidjubi/Zely)