Furnace Explosion at Chinese-Owned Nickel Plant in Indonesia Kills at Least 13, Injures 46 Others

PALU, Indonesia—A smelting furnace exploded Sunday at a Chinese-owned nickel plant on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, killing at least 13 workers and injuring dozens of others, police and a company official said.
It was the latest in a series of deadly incidents at nickel smelting plants in Indonesia that are part of the Chinese communist regime’s ambitious transnational development program known as the Belt and Road Initiative.
Nickel is a key component in global battery production for electric vehicles.
At least four Chinese and nine Indonesian workers died when the furnace exploded while they were repairing it, said Central Sulawesi police chief Agus Nugroho….

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