Team Blitz India
NEW DELHI: Gautam Adani’s conglomerate has signed a contract to buy 1.6 million tons a year of copper concentrate for the world’s largest single-location smelter for the industrial metal.
The first 500,000 tons of capacity at the $1.2 billion facility in Mundra in Gujarat is set to start operations next month, according to Vinay Prakash, chief executive officer at Adani Natural Resources. This will be expanded to 1 million tons by March 2029 to cater for a forecast doubling of Indian copper demand by the end of the decade, he said.
Adani Enterprises Ltd., the port-to-power conglomerate’s flagship company, is seeking resource security in critical minerals and is resuming capital expenditure now that its shares have stabilized after a short-seller attack in January 2023.
The smelter is starting up just as the global copper market experiences a collapse in the fees that processors charge miners because there’s not enough ore to go around.