Indonesia’s Mining Sector Faces More Complex Risk Environment

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JAKARTA, Indonesia, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

Mining companies in Indonesia are facing an increasingly complex operating environment, as risks including natural catastrophe, pollution and underinsurance create obstacles to growth, according to Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor.

Natural catastrophes and an increased attention on enviromental regulation have forced companies to review their insurance and risk management programs to ensure they have the appropriate levels of protection in place to withstand this changing environment.

Global commodity price volatility and the rising cost of raw materials such as steel are also fueling a rise in rebuilding costs for mining facilities. By failing to update their insured values routinely, mining companies are potentially exposed to the risk of underinsurance. Marsh recommends that mining companies regularly monitor the insured values of their business-critical assets to ensure they are adequately covered in the event of a loss.

Ian Brown, Managing Director and Mining Practice Leader for Marsh in Asia said: “Although Indonesia’s resource-rich mining sector is benefiting from continued foreign and local investment, the operating risks it faces are becoming more complex. Earthquakes, floods and tightening regulation around environmental protection all pose significant challenges to firms being able to maximise their returns and operational efficiency.”

To provide a greater degree of awareness of these key business-critical issues, Marsh today hosted a conference attended by many of Indonesia’s leading mining companies. Speakers at the conference urged firms to take a more comprehensive approach to risk management, using best practices in insurance and risk management to ensure sustainability and long term growth.

Speakers at the conference highlighted the risks involved at every stage from exploration to site closure, environmental and pollution risk management and, enterprise risk management. One key session focused on asset valuation and its role in preventing underinsurance.

The half-day conference was hosted at the Shangri-La Jakarta, and attracted over 100 delegates with a balanced mix of local and international mining companies and advisors.

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SOURCE: Marsh