15 Oct 2014

Freeport to resume open-pit mining in Papua

5:14 pm on 15 October 2014

An Indonesian Government official says the huge Freeport copper and gold mine can resume open-pit mining at its Grasberg complex in Papua.

Hundreds of angry protesters blocked access for two days earlier this month to the open-pit area, where production had been halted following the deaths of four workers late last month.

Reuters reports that Indonesia's mine ministry investigated the accident and asked the Arizona-based firm to propose safety changes and policies.

The company is now required to implement four key safety improvements at the Papua mine.