The signing by Bengkulu provincial administration last week of an MoU with a consortium of six companies to develop a 230km railway linking the province and neighbouring South Sumatra province, is great news for the coal industry in Sumatra and will be among topics for discussion at the inaugural Sumatra Miner conference and exhibition in Palembang from November 19-21.
It is proposed that the new rail link will be primarily used to transport coal mined in Bengkulu to ports in South Sumatra. The consortium is understood to be led by PT Mandela Resources and includes PT Hanwha S&C as contractor, PT Dohwa Engineering which will be responsible for construction engineering, PT Bara Alam Utama which will use the railway to transport coal, PT True North Bridge as financial consultant and PT Coalindo Adhi Nusantara as coal marketer.
Mandela Resources’ president director Joko Sudibyo has told the media that the project is classified as a private public partnership scheme, which means that the government will be responsible for securing the necessary land for the infrastructure project.
Sumatra Miner, which will be held at the Aryaduta Hotel in Palembang, is set to be the biggest international coal mining conference and exhibition in Sumatra. It is being organized by Mining Media International, publishers of The ASIA Miner and Coal Age Indonesia magazines.
As the second largest producer of coal in Indonesia with a conservative estimate of 22.4 billion tonnes of coal and facing the prospect of further growth and development, Sumatra is well placed to play a much bigger role in Indonesia’s economy and the Sumatra Miner could not come at a better time in the industry’s development.
Sumatra Miner features an exhibition which will be open for the three days and a conference program which is expected to take place on Wednesday and Thursday, November 20 and 21. There will also be a Coal Club Indonesia networking event scheduled during the exhibition.
There are still exhibition places available and conference presentation opportunities open for local and overseas companies involved in Sumatra’s coal industry or interested in becoming involved in the future as well as for companies and presenters who would like to showcase their coal exploration, mining, processing or downstream technology.