Bhubaneswar, Dec 4 (Odisha.in) Vedanta’s one million tonne per annum alumina refinery at lanjigarh in Odisha’s Kalahandi district would shutdown with effect from 5th December due to shortage of bauxite, the company said on Tuesday.
The company had issued a three-month closure notice on the 5th of September this year.
In spite of the Company’s top management having several rounds of meetings and discussions with the state chief minister Naveen Patnaik and chief secretary B.K.Patnaik for bauxite provision to the refinery, noconcrete solution has been be arrived upon, the company said in a statement.
With bauxite stock depleting to almost ‘zero level’, the company is left with no other alternative but to shut down the refinery, whose closure is expected to affect around 7000 people engaged directly or indirectly with the plant, it said.
“Despite our concerted efforts over the past three months to ensure sustainable supplies of bauxite … we have not been able to find any solution” Dr. Mukesh Kumar, chief executive officer and president of Vedanta Aluminium Ltd said.
For the last three days we have run the unit at around 20 per cent of the capacity. “we have been forced to close down the unit due to dwindling stocks of bauxite” he said.