Bhubaneswar: Nine days after the temporary shut down, Vedanta Aluminium Limited (VAL) resumed the operations of its 75 MW captive power plant (CPP) at Lanjigarh in Kandhamal district today.
“The refinery has been re-started at a reduced capacity of 60 percent after we managed to arrange about 35,000 tonne of bauxite from Chhattisgarh and about 90,000 tonne from Gujarat,” VAL president Mukesh Kumar said.
Earlier on September 6, the company had informed the state government about shutting operations by December 5. But due to non-availability of Bauxite it was forced to do so ahead of the schedule on October 13, informing that the plant will resume operations only when the Company will be able to arrange bauxite stocks for 10-15 days of operations.
The one-million tonne per annum alumina capacity refinery at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district has been operating at reduced capacity since its commissioning in Aug 2007.
Set up with an investment of $800 million, VAL requires three lakh tonnes of bauxite per month to run the refinery at full capacity.
Vedanta wanted to mine bauxite from Niyamgiri Hills near the refinery, but the approval was mired in litigations and protests by locals.
The VAL officials are discussing with a number of exporters in Gujarat and Maharashtra for diverting Bauxite to the plant. But none of them have been materialised so far.
Source: 360 NS