Vedanta in sweet spot, to scale up output, says Agarwal

15-07-2017
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Based in India, the company said that it will soon name its new CEO as the contract of the incumbent, Tom Albanese, ends next month.

“Vedanta is in a sweet spot. Our robust portfolio of Tier-I assets combined with a low cost model have successfully delivered exponential growth. We are on track to achieving over 1.5 million tonnes of zinc-lead capacity. We aspire to grow production and meet 50% of India’s oil production,” Chairman Agarwal said, addressing the company’s AGM.

The company that reduced its gross debt by more than Rs 10,000 crore over the last 15 months, and has one of the strongest balancesheets in the industry expects its 2,50,000 tonne Gamsberg project in South Africa to go on stream next year.

As India aspires to be one of the top three economies in the world, it is important to bring down huge raw material import bill and the company is keen to contribute to this by boosting output of natural resources, he said.

“We are encouraged by reforms, including the GST, initiatives to develop infrastructure, and the focus on providing affordable housing for all. Several supportive regulatory reforms have been initiated. For instance, the auctioning of 300 mineral blocks in the current year. These are all transformative steps, designed to strengthen the country and unleash its full economic potential,” Agarwal said.

In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s broader vision, there is a visible growth in the economy, which augurs well for the resources sector, and especially for Vedanta’s resources portfolio, he added.

Hindustan Zinc, majority owned by the Vedanta group, is increasing its integrated production to 1.2 million tonnes (mt) and that of silver to over 700 tonnes. 

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