Mining giant Vedanta Ltd today reported a 10 per cent fall in its iron ore production in Goa at 2.6 million tonnes (MT) in the first half of this fiscal. The output stood at 2.9 MT in the corresponding six months a year ago, the company said a BSE filing. Its sales too fell to 2 MT during the period under review against 2.4 MT in the first half of the previous fiscal. "Production from Goa was 2.6 MT and sales were 2 MT, compared to 2.9 million tonnes and 2.4 million tonnes, respectively.
Production and sales at Goa were impacted by the low pricing environment," Vedanta said. The company's production and sales, however, from Karnataka moved up (Y-o-Y) to 1.9 million tonnes and 1 million tonnes, respectively, the statement said. During the first six months of this fiscal, average oil and gas gross production, including from offshore assets such as Ravva and Cambay, was at 184,062 boepd (barrels of oil equivalent per day), Vedanta said. The copper production stood at 1,97,000 tonnes of cathodes, similar to the first of the previous fiscal. Aluminium production increased to 7,53,000 tonnes in H1 2017-18, 39 per cent higher (Y-o-Y), mainly on account of ramp up of additional pots at Jharsuguda II and Balco II. Alumina production was 5,72,000 tonnes during the period. Power sales decreased to 4,787 million units mainly due to a temporary coal shortage during the six months, it added.
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