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Freeport to restart Indonesia open-pit mining soon: minister

Published on May 27, 2013 4:51 PM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc's Indonesian unit will restart open-pit mining operations at its remote Papua copper mine soon, a junior minister at the mining ministry said, after a tunnel collapse that killed 28 people.

Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Susilo Siswo Utomo also said a government probe into the tunnel collapse should end in one or two months.

Arizona-based Freeport suspended operations at the world's No. 2 copper mine on May 15, a day after the training tunnel, away from its main operations, fell in on 38 workers.

Several investigations are being conducted into the accident at the Grasberg mine complex, including one by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and one by Freeport Indonesia using international experts.

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