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Vedanta gets bauxite from Odisha, hopes to get more

Thursday, Sep 06, 2018

  Encouraged by supply of bauxite from the state-owned Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), The Vedanta Limited is optimistic about completion of its refinery expansion project.

  Though the aluminium major has been managing to run its 2 mtpa refinery since 2007 by importing bauxite from other states and abroad, the company for the first time received the raw material from OMC's Kodingamali mines recently, Vedanta Limited's External affairs (Head) Sanjeev Kumar told PTI.

  The raw material is available to the company from the bauxite rich Odisha almost 10 years after its successful operation.

  The Vedanta got bauxite from Kodingamali mines, located about 152 km from its refinery at Lanjigarh in Odisha's Kalahandi district. The company has been importing bauxite from countries like Brazil and Guinea and other states like Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat to feed its 2 mtpa refinery, he said.

  The company could utilise only 1.2 mtpa capacity of the refinery due to raw material shortage despite obtaining Consent to Operate (CTO) for 2 mtpa, he said.

  The company has meanwhile began to enhance capacity of the refinery from 2 mtpa to 4 mtpa and subsequently to 6 mtpa by 2021. The Vedanta has so far spent about Rs 5,000 crore on expansion project, he said.


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