Morowali Industrial Estate Turns Out to Build an EV Battery Cluster!

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – PT Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP) in Morowali Regency, Central Sulawesi, currently has three industrial clusters, one of which is currently under construction, namely a cluster that produces electric vehicle (EV) battery components.

This was conveyed by the CEO of PT Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP) Alexander Barus.

He explained that the first cluster is the stainless steel cluster, which processes nickel ore into Nickel Pig Iron (NPI) to stainless steel. In this cluster, there are 44 lines of NPI smelter furnaces, while the stainless steel production capacity is 3 million metric tons (MT) per year. hot rolled coil 3 million tons per year, and cold rolled coil 0.5 million tons per year.

“Klaster stainless steel, baseit is nickel. This is the largest in the world for one place,” he said in the ‘Mineral for Energy’ webinar, Tuesday night (14/09/2021).

The second cluster is carbon steel. He said the cluster was built based on requests from two ministers, namely Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto, during a visit to this industrial area.

This cluster produces carbon steel with a production capacity of 3.5 million tons per year and requires an investment of US$ 1.1 billion. This cluster absorbs as many as 5,000 workers.

“Because Indonesia uses steel to saving foreign exchange, we are building and fortunately investors want to build in Morowali, this is for domestic steel needs,” he said.

He further said that the third cluster is a battery component cluster, specifically producing battery cathodes for electric vehicles. According to him, the cluster, which is still under construction, is intended to support clean and renewable energy.

This EV battery cathode cluster consists of a number of companies, including:
1. PT Huayue Nickel Cobalt which has a production capacity of 70,000 tons per year (Ni-Co).
2. PT QMB New Energy Material with a production capacity of 50,000 tons per year (Ni Sulfide & Ni-Co).
3. PT Fajar Metal Industry with a capacity of 60,000 tons per year (Ni Sulfide).
4. PT Teluk Metal Industry with a capacity of 60,000 tons per year (Ni-Sulfide).

The total investment for the construction of this third cluster is US$ 3 billion by absorbing 5,000 workers.

“This third cluster is what we call the battery component cluster. To support clean and renewable energy,” he said.

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