UPDATE 1-Freeport hopes will soon get Indonesia copper export extension

(Adds details, government no comment)By Wilda AsmariniJAKARTA Aug 9 Freeport-McMoRan Inc has yet to receive a six-month extension to its Indonesian copper export permit, which expired on Monday, but hopes the government will issue one soon, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.A prolonged stoppage would threaten to hit the U.S. mining giant's profits and deny the Indonesian government desperately needed revenue from one of its biggest taxpayers."We're optimistic the government will give the export permit soon," said Freeport spokesman Riza Pratama.The ministry's director general of coal and minerals, Bambang Gatot, told reporters late on Monday that the government was still evaluating whether to extend Freeport's export permit. Mining ministry officials declined further comment on Tuesday. Freeport, which produces about 220,000 tonnes of copper ore a day, hopes to avoid a repeat of the export disruptions that have followed the expiration of past permits.Last February, shipments from Freeport's giant Grasberg copper mine were halted for nearly two weeks before the government approved the now expired export permit.Freeport won the government's backing for a new permit only after agreeing to continue paying a 5 percent export tax. For its new permit, the company has asked the government for an export quota of 1.4 million tonnes of copper concentrate over the next six months. That is up from 1.03 million tonnes for the last permit.But the length of a new export permit remained unclear as Indonesia is due to start banning copper concentrate exports soon.The Indonesian government in early 2014 announced that all copper concentrate shipments would be banned from January 12, 2017, as part of efforts to transform the nation from being just a supplier of raw materials into a producer of finished goods.(Writing by Randy Fabi; Editing by Richard Pullin and Christian Schmollinger)