Indonesia's gold production to decline sharply in 2020 hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: The Jakatar Post)

Jakarta (VNA) -
 Indonesia’s gold production reached only 9.98 tonnes as of May 2020, much lower than the figure in the same period last year (109.02 tonnes), according to senior advisor of Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Irwandy Arif.

He said the decline was attributable to the transition of production activities of  PT Freeport from open mining to underground one, which, he estimates, could prolong for two years.

When the company returns to normal operation, Indonesia's gold production is likely to reach about 120 tonnes per year, he added.

The number of gold mining companies nationwide currently stands at 28. Therefore, even if Freeport cannot return to normal by the end of the year, he predicts the national gold production in 2020 is not too far from the 100 tonne figure.

Freeport is a US gold mining company with a total production of 80 tonnes per year, making it the largest contributor to Indonesia's gold production./.