Vedanta hopes to get raw material to run Lanjigarh unit

Bhubaneswar: Vedanta has reposed its faith on the state government in the supply of raw materials to run its alumina refinery plant at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district.

Briefing newsmen after attending a high level meeting presided over by chief secretary GC Pati at the State Secretariat here on Tuesday, Abhijit Pati, CEO, Vedanta (Aluminium) said the company is hopeful of receiving raw material for its refinery soon.

“The Odisha government said it is actively considering some supply for the unit (Lanjigarh refinery). It is basically to reinstate the fact that we are suffering on account of raw material supply. We have been doing this appeal to the state government and we have further revisited this appeal today,” Pati said.

Informing that the company is incurring a daily loss of Rs three crore in refinery operations, he stated, “The plant requires at least 3 lakh metric tonne of Bauxite per annum to run its refinery. At present, the production capacity of the refinery has fallen by about 50 percent due to non-availability of adequate raw materials”.

He also made it clear that Vedanta has decided not to close down its refinery unit.

“We will not shut down the plant as we are hopeful that the state government would help us in meeting our requirement of raw materials to run the plant”, the CEO added.

Among others, Development Commissioner, secretary, Steel and Mines, and senior officials of the concerned departments and Vedanta were present at the meeting.