Vedanta requires 60kt/m of bauxite for the next 10 months.

The Orissa state government had banned the export of plant-grade bauxite outside Gujarat, where GMDC is exploring options to set up its own alumina plant in joint sector.

However, since Vedanta needs only medium-grade bauxite, and would be using it in India itself, there are no such issues involved.

GMDC's two proposed alumina projects have been awaiting clearance from the State Government for the past five years.

Its planned joint ventures for alumina projects with the Ashapura Group in Kutch district and Aluchem in Jamnagar, for use of plant-grade alumina ore, are yet to see any activity.

Both these projects were to be of 1Mt/y capacity.