Ternate, North Maluku (ANTARA News) - North Maluku (Malut) Governor Thaib Armayin said the province was expected to become a nickel industry center in Indonesia as two nickel plants worth Rp84 trillion would be built in Halmahera island.
"The two nickel industries will respectively be built by consortium PT Aneka Tambang and PT Weda Bya Nike," the governor said in his address on the occasion of North Maluku province`s 12th anniversary here on Wednesday.
The governor said that the two nickel industries which were expected to be operational before 2020 would provide a big contribution to the regional original income (PAD) in the form of royalty and other form of receipts.
Thaib said that the nickel industry will also provide jobs for locals and boost the growth of other business sector in the region such as transportation and trade.
He said that Malut province also planned to build a big fish processing industry with an investment of Rp32 trillion.
The fish industry is located in Pulau Morotai district and is built through a `mina politan` (urban-based fish cultivation) program from the Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries Affairs.
"If the nickel and fish industries are already in operations, Malut will become one of the economic growth centers in Indonesia whose contribution would be enjoyed not only by the people of Malut but also of other provinces," the governor said.