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PT Vale Expresses Commitment to the Utilization of Marine Space in Operational Areas

FRAZI.BIZ – Budiawansyah, the Director of Strategic Permits at PT Vale Indonesia Tbk (PT Vale), outlined the company’s commitment to sustainability practices in mining areas through the utilization of marine space in operational zones. Budiawansyah made these statements as a speaker at the National Technical Working Meeting on Coastal Waters Technical Material (RZWP-3-K), organized by the Directorate General of Sea Space Management of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP). The meeting took place in Kuta, Bali, on Wednesday (10/11/2023).

Budiawansyah presented a topic titled “Lessons Learned in Planning and Utilizing Marine Space.” He began the presentation by discussing the crucial role of nickel and PT Vale as a company producing this critical mineral.

“Indonesia holds 22 percent of the world’s nickel reserves. As a mineral widely used in equipment supporting energy transition, our country, including PT Vale as a nickel processor, plays a significant role in global energy transition,” he stated.

Budiawansyah explained that PT Vale, in its Indonesia Growth Projects (IGP) in Morowali and Pomalaa, would commence construction by the end of 2023 in their respective marine areas in Bahodopi, Morowali, Central Sulawesi, and Kolaka, Southeast Sulawesi. In preparing for construction, PT Vale undergoes various technical approval processes and integrates Coastal and Small Islands Spatial Zoning Plan (RZWP3K) with Regional Spatial Planning (RTRW).

As a representation of sustainable mining practices, PT Vale, in addition to regulatory compliance, considers environmental and social aspects in marine space utilization. “During the construction of our special terminal port, we conduct preliminary studies on marine biota in the construction and operation-affected areas. Meanwhile, on the social aspect, we also study the fishermen in villages affected by our port,” explained Budiawansyah.

Budiawansyah highlighted that PT Vale’s mining area in Central Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi is the only area included in the National Strategic Project (PSN) that undergoes the integration process of marine space with RTRW. This area even has an Integrated Regional Spatial Planning Regulation. “We are grateful for the excellent cooperation and collaboration with the provinces of Central Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi, enabling successful integration with the local government’s RTRW regulations,” he said.

PT Vale is one of the two companies invited as speakers. Other speakers include representatives from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/National Land Agency, and the Indonesian Navy.

This stakeholder engagement agenda is a follow-up to Government Regulation (PP) Number 21 of 2021 concerning Spatial Planning Implementation for 34 provinces outside the New Autonomous Regions (DOB). Additionally, the preparation of Coastal Waters Technical Material is required, following the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Regulation on Procedures for Formulating Marine Zone Zoning Plans.

“Out of the 34 provinces, 10 provinces now have integrated Provincial Spatial Planning Regulations with Coastal Waters Technical Material, namely South Sulawesi, West Papua, West Java, Banten, Bali, East Kalimantan, Jambi, Central Sulawesi, South Kalimantan, and Bengkulu,” stated Director General of Sea Space Management Victor Gustaaf Manoppo in his opening remarks.

Meanwhile, Acting Director of Sea Space Planning Suharyanto explained that Coastal Waters Technical Material serves as the basis for issuing the Sea Space Utilization Activity Compliance Approval (KKPRL) and permits for activities utilizing water areas. Without these instruments, conflicts in resource utilization, environmental quality degradation, investment location uncertainty, and stakeholder conflicts that are difficult to resolve may occur.

“My hope is that through the implementation of this National Technical Working Meeting, the preparation of Provincial Spatial Planning Regulations integrated with Coastal Waters Technical Material can be completed promptly,” he concluded.

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