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Indonesia clears 37 more coal miners to resume exports – document

Indonesia has allowed 37 more coal miners to resume exports after they agreed to pay penalties for not meeting mandatory domestic sales requirements last year, an energy ministry document seen on Friday showed.

The world’s top thermal coal exporter imposed a month-long ban on international coal shipments on Jan. 1 to boost critically low inventories at power firms and avert power outages.

Coal stocks had dwindled as a result of miners’ failure to sell a quarter of their output locally, as part of a Domestic Market Obligation (DMO).

“There are an additional 37 (mining permit) holders who have not fulfilled the coal DMO in 2021 by 100% and have submitted a statement that they are willing to be subject to sanctions in the form of compensation fund for the lack of fulfillment of the 2021 DMO,” said the document dated Jan. 27 and shared by a senior Transportation Ministry official.

These miners add to the 171 allowed to restart exports since the government started easing the ban, taking the combine number of miners to 208.

Only coal miners compliant with Indonesia’s new regulations on domestic market sales will be cleared to restart shipments when a coal export ban expires Jan. 31, a ministerial advisor said on Thursday.

The Jan. 27 document also listed 722 other mining permit holders to which the ban was not applicable. However, these permit holders had not recorded any coal production during 2021, it said.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Fransiska Nangoy; Editing by Martin Petty)

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