Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) is a premier manufacturer of metallurgical grade alumina and other high-quality aluminium products, which are used by a wide gamut of industries. The company traces its origins to the early years of the current decade when Vedanta Resources, the parent company, was increasingly diversifying its operations and expanding its presence in the domestic and global aluminium market. Driven by the endeavour to establish a subsidiary that would have a significant presence in the domestic bauxite mining and exploration segment, Sterlite Transmission Ltd was incorporated on 18th January 2001. Subsequently, the name of the company was changed to Vedanta Alumina Ltd on 20th January, 2004 in an effort to rebrand the firm in consonance with its operations and then renamed as Vedanta Aluminium Ltd on 25th August, 2007. This heralded the beginning of the firm’s journey towards operational excellence based on technological advancements coupled with a keen focus on sustainable development.
In 2007, VAL began the progressive commissioning of its 1 mtpa state-of-the-art greenfield alumina refinery project and an associated 75 MW captive power plant at Lanjigarh, Orissa. Subsequently, the firm charted out plans for a greenfield 0.5 mtpa aluminium smelter and a 1215 MW captive power plant at Jharsuguda, Orissa; the first phase of the aluminium smelter project was commissioned in June 2008.
The greenfield aluminium refinery at Lanjigarh became operational in 2008 and has carved out a niche for itself as one of the world’s premier alumina refining complex. In January 2009, VAL was awarded the ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001 – 2007 certificates for adopting global standards in quality, environment and health and safety systems. The certificates were awarded after a five-day audit by British Standard Institute (BSI) covering quality, environment and safety standards.
Apart from earning accolades for its superior products, VAL’s sustainable development initiatives have also received widespread recognition. The company strives to facilitate the socio-economic transformation of local communities around Jharsuguda and Lanjigarh through concerted efforts in the spheres of health, education, livelihood, infrastructure and environment.
VAL’s development initiatives have touched the lives of local communities through active partnerships with various stakeholders. The firm remains committed to the development of rural areas in India and facilitate participation of local communities in the socio-economic development process.