Jakarta – PT Hydrotech Metal Indonesia has established a partnership with another Japanese company. This time, the owner of the STAL (Step Temperature Acid Leach) technology is collaborating with MESCO, Inc., for the engineering design process.
Cooperation between Hydrotech Metal and MESCO, Inc. will go through Yokohama Mining Industries Corporation (YMI) as an intermediary. YMI itself has signed an Appointment Agreement with Hydrotech Metal as a procurement partner for critical parts of STAL Technology. The procurement process for the critical parts currently will be carried out by YMI in Japan, and then exported to Indonesia. In the future, YMI also plans to develop local procurement in Indonesia.
President Director of Hydrotech Metal, Widodo Sucipto said that his party received many requests for STAL Technology from companies in various countries, including Japan and Europe. Therefore, he continued, Hydrotech Metal will immediately carry out this engineering plant design with MESCO, so that critical parts for nickel processing with STAL Technology can be produced immediately.
Widodo also explained that Hydrotech Metal will complete the engineering plant design in 2021, through the engineering design work of critical parts with MESCO. After that, Widodo continued, Hydrotech Metal will immediately start the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) nickel smelter with a production capacity of 7,200 tpa in the Special Economic Zone of Palu, Central Sulawesi in 2022, and targets to start mass production in 2023.
“Hydrotech Metal is targeting to start mass production of 7,200 tpa starting in 2023, by combining STAL Technology and Japanese technology, to obtain high quality and value-added production in the world. We hope that this collaboration will strengthen the image of the STAL Technology as a technology made in Indonesia, supported by Japan,” said Widodo Sucipto.
In addition to YMI and MESCO, Hydrotech Metal is also collaborating with MEIWA and JOGMEC (Japan Petroleum and Natural Gas and Metal Mineral Resources Organization) to evaluate STAL Technology, to the construction of a nickel smelter using that national technology innovation.
STAL Technology is a nickel processing technology owned by PT Hydrotech Metal Indonesia, which is capable of processing low grade nickel that has been deposited so far, with environmentally friendly technology and low cost. Meanwhile, Hydrotech Metal is a business entity that is part of the Trinitan Group, and has a focus on research and development (R&D) activities of mineral processing technology in Indonesia. Founded in August 2020, Hydrotech Metal plans to go public on the Canadian Stock Exchange in September 2021. (*)