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Vedanta to get bauxite from external sources
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Friday, 30 Nov 2012

BS reported that Vedanta Aluminium Limited which is facing a challenge to run its refinery at Lanjigarh beyond December 5th 2012 hopes to get some bauxite from external sources in 2 to 3 days.

Mr Mukesh Kumar president and chief operating officer, VAL said that “We are making all efforts to source bauxite from different sources. Hopefully, something will work out in 2 to 3 days.”

Mr Kumar said while asking if the state government gave any assurance to make bauxite available for the plant that here was no specific discussion on bauxite availability for our alumina refinery. The state government may be making efforts. We are also trying hard at our level.

The aluminium firm on September 6 had served a notice to the state labor department, intending to shut the refinery by December 5th 2012 as raw material crunch seriously threatened continuance of the plant operation.

Presently, VAL is running its one million tonne refinery at 60 per cent capacity on bauxite supplies from Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation and also from Balco's Kawardah mines in Chattisgarh.

Balco's mine is supplying 3000 tonne of bauxite every day to the refinery. GMDC had despatched 90,000 tonne in two consignments. VAL needs 10,000 tonne of bauxite per day to run the plant at full capacity.

Recently, Mr Anil Agarwal chairman of Vedanta Resources had called on chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik impressing upon the need to make available bauxite to the company.

VAL had also approached both Federation of Indian Mineral Industries and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry seeking a ban on bauxite exports. While VAL was struggling to keep its refinery operations afloat for want of bauxite, the raw material continued to be exported by private miners in Gujarat and Maharashtra due to better price realizations.

The company has not been allotted any mining lease in Odisha and fully depends on externally sourced bauxite to run its refinery. It had entered into a pact with state controlled miner Odisha Mining Corporation for supply of bauxite from Niyamgiri hills.

However, attempts to mine bauxite in the ecologically sensitive hills were thwarted by the Union environment ministry which scrapaped the Stage-II forest clearance on August 24th 2010.

Source - Business Standard


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