NEW DELHI, Dec 4 (Reuters) - India's largest aluminium
maker, Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL), will temporarily shut its
alumina refinery in Odisha state due to bauxite shortages, the
president of the company, a unit of London-listed Vedanta
"Despite all our efforts we could not arrange bauxite ... we
are closing down the unit from Dec. 5," Mukesh Kumar told
Reuters on Tuesday.
The shutdown of the refinery is unlikely immediately to
affect VAL's aluminium output, Kumar said.
The 1 million tonnes a year plant at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi
district of Odisha will restart only after securing supplies of
bauxite, the raw material to produce alumina, from which
aluminium is made.
VAL is seeking a long-term supply arrangement, Kumar said
without giving details.
The refinery, which requires 10,000 tonnes of bauxite a day
to operate at full capacity, has faced bauxite shortages since
it was commissioned in August 2007.
Vedanta says the plant is designed for local bauxite and
only this material can ensure its sustainability.