The Indonesian government is making a plan for the development of the rare earth industry that is applied in a wide range of sectors, including for energy and transportation needs.

Harjanto from the Industry Ministry said the ministry will establish a consortium comprising research agencies, such as the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology Agency (BPPT), the National Nuclear Energy (Batan) and universities, to seek out ways to add value to the nation’s mineral resources.

A pilot project is being run by state-owned tin producer PT Timah and Batan in Bangka Belitung province.

According to Harjanto, as many as 17 minerals are categorised as rare earth elements, which have a wide variety of applications, including in automobiles and consumer electronics.-VNA