Freeport Indonesia is required to build copper smelter in the country, else it can’t continue exporting the product. It is a political decision. As to whether where the smelter will finally be built, it depends on political decisions as well. We know that Papua government gets support from national leadership to have the smelter built in the eastern most province, but politicians from major political parties support Freeport’s plan to build the smelter in Gresik, East Java province instead.To subscribe please click here