Vedanta likely to close Odisha alumina refinery from Dec 5
The mining conglomerate, which runs the alumina refinery through an unlisted subsidiary, Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL), had given a closure notice to the state government three months back citing severe shortage of bauxite as the primary reason for the shutdown.
"Suspension of operations (of Lanjigarh alumina refinery)is imminent from December 5 due to non-availability of bauxite . We can not help it, Odisha government is yet to give any assurance on bauxite availability. In its absence, running the plant is not sustainable," a senior company official said.
He added that "we had given a 3-month notice in September to the state government to close operations from December 5 and we are sticking to that date. For last several months, we have been running the plant at lower capacities and incurring losses."
VAL, in its closure notice to Odisha's labour and industries department served on September 5, had said that running the alumina refinery is no longer sustainable "unless Odisha government finds a solution for supply of bauxite".
"The shutdown of refinery is likely to impact 2,500 workforce directly and 4,500 persons indirectly," he further said.
He, however, clarified that "we are not thinking of any retrenchment at the moment".
The company has invested Rs 50,000 crore in the refinery alongwith an aluminium smelter of 1.5 mtpa and a captive power plant.
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