24 November 2008 15:47 [Source: ICIS news]
NEW DELHI (ICIS news)--India’s Sterlite Industries (India) Limited (SIIL) experienced a power failure on 19 November in the main cooling tower of its copper-smelting and acids complex in Tuticorin, in Tamil Nadu state, it said on Monday..
The company said “there has been a breakdown at its operating plant” but it was making efforts to assess the extent of damage and rectify the situation, according to a brief disclosure filed with stock exchanges.
Officials from SIIL’s Tuticorin facility and its Mumbai office would not say whether production of copper and the by-product sulphuric acid had been suspended, or whether the fault had also affected its downstream phosphoric acid plant.
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The company currently produces sulphuric acid from sulphur dioxide released during the smelting of imported copper concentrates.
The Tuticorin complex has the capacity to produce 1.3m tonnes/year of sulphuric acid and 250,000 tonnes/year of phosphoric acid.
The plant also produces hydrofluosilicic acid as a by-product of SIIL’s phosphoric acid plant. SIIL is a subsidiary of the UK-based metals major Vedanta Resources.
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