Copper demand is expected to grow at 9-10%, ahead of economic growth in India. Such high demand is a result of investment in infrastructure projects, growing power generation capacity and ongoing urbanisation. Vedanta can contribute by ensuring the availability of the right quality of copper to the manufacturing sector. Currently, Vedanta not only serves over 800 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the downstream industry for the critical electrical sector, but is also the major supplier of copper to the country's defense sector.
We currently hold a 36% market share in India's Copper industry. Our Indian facilities include a custom smelter, a refinery, a phosphoric acid plant, a sulphuric acid plant and a copper rod plant. In addition, there are three captive power plants located in Thoothukudi, southern India, and a refinery and two copper rod plants operating in Silvassa, western India.
Our copper smelter in India recorded the highest ever production and the best-in-class operational efficiencies during the year. The full year copper cathode production at Thoothukudi was a record at 384,000 tonnes, despite a few unplanned outages, including 3-days stoppage due to heavy rains. The 160 MW power plant at Tuticorin continued to operate at a Plant Load Factor of 71%.
Our international copper operations include the Mt. Lyell copper mine in Tasmania, Australia. CMT remains under care and maintenance as we continue to evaluate various options for restart.
For more information please click on the links mentioned below:
Copper Mines of Tasmania
Sterlite Copper Refinery, Sterlite Industries, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, India
Thoothukudi Copper Smelter, Sterlite Industries,Tamil Nadu, India
Mt Lyell Mine, Copper Mines of Tasmania, Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia
Where We Operate
Our copper business includes operations in India and Australia.
Our copper India operations includes a custom smelter, a refinery,
a phosphoric acid plant, a sulphuric acid plant, a copper rod plant
and three captive power plants at Thoothukudi in southern India, a
refinery and two copper rod plants at Silvassa in western India. In
addition, we own the Mt. Lyell copper mine in Tasmania,