Vedanta to invest $9bn in India
London-based Vedanta Resources Plc will invest roughly $9 billion in India over the next few years to expand its hydrocarbons, metals and mining businesses and meet more of India’s requirements of these commodities locally.
Anil Agarwal, founder and chairman, Vedanta Resources Plc, said: “We are planning to invest $2.5 billion in oil and gas to step up our production to half of India’s crude oil output (from 26 per cent in 2016-17).
“The other proposed investments in India include $1.5-2 billion in the aluminium sector, $2 billion in bauxite mining, $1.5 billion in zinc and $1.5 billion in iron ore mining and steel. Additionally, a part of Vedanta’s proposed $1.5 billion investments in copper will flow into India.“Directly and indirectly, these investments will create over a million jobs,” he added.The company is also looking at investing Rs 4,000 crore ($615 million) in Jharkhand to set up a 1 million tonne per annum plant producing pellets, pig iron and pipes. This plant is expected to create around 5,000 jobs.