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Report: Vedanta's Tuticorin copper smelter to remain closed until June

Vedanta Resources PLC's Tuticorin copper smelter in India's Tamil Nadu state will remain closed until at least June 6, Reuters reported May 17.

The state environmental officials adjourned a hearing for the renewal of Vedanta's license to operate the smelter until that date, said V Ramasubbu, a lawyer petitioning against the plant's reopening.

Vedanta announced a maintenance shutdown at Tuticorin in March, which was scheduled to last 15 days.

However, it later said the maintenance shutdown was likely to be extended after environmental officials rejected the company's application for a planned restart, saying the smelter failed to comply with certain laws.

According to an earlier Metal Bulletin report, the company declared force majeure on contracts to supply the Tuticorin smelter with copper concentrates due to the permitting issue.