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BHP Pins Future of Indonesian Coal Mine on New Rules

Jakarta. The world's top exporter of coking coal, BHP Billiton , said plans to develop a massive mine in Borneo will hinge on a revision of Indonesia's mining rules, including on compulsory divestment and contract extensions.

BHP in September said it had started mining at the Haju mine, part of the first stage of the IndoMet Coal project, in the forested Central Kalimantan province.

"As we continue to cautiously proceed with a small scale mine at Haju, a regulatory regime with certainty will be essential in supporting future investment decisions," a BHP spokeswoman said in an email.

BHP is continuing to evaluate the potential for larger scale developments at IndoMet and has already received buyer interest in the coal, she said.

The project, in which Indonesia's Adaro Energy also holds a stake and is estimated to have at least 1.27 billion tonnes of resources, has come under fire from environmental groups, with BHP fending off criticism at its annual meeting in London last week.

"If we were to leave ... it is unlikely that these areas would be set aside for conservation," Chairman Jacques Nasser told shareholders, noting that Indonesia wanted to develop the area, regardless of which company did it.

"The area of interest has had accelerated development pressures over the last 20 years and it is not the pristine wilderness it was two decades ago," he said.

Discussions on the rules on BHP's Coal Contracts of Work were ongoing, and the company expected these would not be finalised until the Indonesian government completed a review of regulations, the spokeswoman said.

Adhi Wibowo, director of coal at Indonesia's energy ministry, said while the area was home to orangutans, BHP had received environmental permits and the government would help it get further forest-use permits if necessary.

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Tax holiday for up to 15 years: Finance minister

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said the government plans to extend the validity of tax holiday to 15 years from a maximum of 10 years at present.
The government offers incentives called Tax Holiday for big investments , labor intensive investment and investment in eastern Indonesia.
"Not more than 15 years," the minister said after attending a meeting at the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) here on Tuesday.
He said the relaxation is a new scheme in addition to other flexibilities in a draft regulation on tax holiday.

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