Indonesia’s government may decide this week on whether to allow Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc to resume open-pit mining, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources said on Tuesday, five weeks after a tunnel collapse killed 28 workers.
Freeport suspended operations at the world’s No.2 copper mine in West Papua on May 15, a day after a training area in a tunnel caved in on 38 people.
The final report from a government probe into the tunnel collapse was given to the Minerals Ministry on Monday.
Rio Tinto is heavily invested in the mine and receives a large proportion of its profits.