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Vedanta restarts Odisha alumina refinery

Vedanta restarts Odisha alumina refinery

Vedanta Aluminium (VAL) has restarted its 1 million tonne per annum alumina refinery at Lanjigarh in Odisha, about seven months after the company had shut down the unit due to scarcity of bauxite.

Vedanta Aluminium (VAL) has restarted its 1 million tonne per annum alumina refinery at Lanjigarh in Odisha, about seven months after the company had shut down the unit due to scarcity of bauxite.

VAL is a unit of Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Resources.

"We have started operations of the alumina refinery. We have to limit its capacity utilisation up to 60 per cent capacity now which will stabilise gradually," Mukesh Kumar, president and chief operating officer of VAL, said on Thursday.

VAL's refinery, which required 10,000 MT of bauxite every day, was shut down on December 5, 2012.

"The refinery operations resumed at 9:30 am. First, the captive power plant was put on stream," he added. The company was trying to source bauxite from different places, Kumar said.

Sources said the aluminium major has revived its plant by procuring bauxite from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat.

Though the state government had committed to make raw materials available for VAL's refinery, it failed to keep promises as the proposed bauxite mining, atop Niyamgiri Hills in Lanjigarh area, faced legal hurdles.

With inputs from PTI