Vedanta Says Legal Processes To Reopen Sterlite Copper Plant Are In Progress
Liquid gold salvaged from copper electrolytic sludge flows into a mold (Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Vedanta Says Legal Processes To Reopen Sterlite Copper Plant Are In Progress

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Vedanta Ltd. said the legal processes are in progress through state courts for reopening Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin.

The Tamil Nadu government had in May last year ordered the state pollution control board to seal and “permanently” close the mining group’s copper plant following violent protests over pollution concerns.

“At Sterlite Copper, legal processes are underway through the state courts to reopen this plant,” the company said in an investors’ brief.

In the alumina vertical, the company said it has seen increase in volumes, decrease in costs and margin improvements as a result.

“In fact, several new performance records have been set,” it said.

Within six months of acquisition, Electrosteels Ltd. turned around to achieve a run rate of 1.5 million tonne per annum with healthy earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation margin, largely as a result of cost and volume improvements, Vedanta said.

“Hindustan Zinc is on track to achieve a design capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per annum...by commissioning a new concentrator and pastefill plants and ramping up development,” it said.

In the oil and gas business, the development projects are progressing well, it said, adding “additional rigs have been deployed and more wells have been drilled and hooked up”.

The gas discovery at KG offshore basin was encouraging, and “we are progressing this find with a second well being drilled there”, it said.

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