Sterlite Industries (India) Limited Production Release for the Second Quarter and Six Months Ended 30 September 2012

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Sterlite Industries (India) Limited
Production Release for the Second Quarter and
Six Months Ended 30 September 2012

Sterlite Industries (India) Limited today announced its production results for the Second Quarter (Q2) and Half Year (H1) ended 30 September 2012.

Highlights

  • Strong H1 integrated production of Silver and Lead at Zinc India, up 66% and 59% respectively
  • Record Power sales in Q2 and H1
 

Zinc - India

    Q2   Q1   H1
Particulars (in’000 tonnes, or as stated) FY2013   FY2012   % change YoY FY2013 FY2013   FY2012   % change YoY
ZINC INDIA              
Mined metal content 190 210 (9%) 187 377 398 (5%)
Refined Zinc - Total 163 185 (12%) 161 324 378 (14%)
Refined Zinc - Integrated 153 185 (17%) 157 310 376 (17%)
Refined Zinc - Custom 10 - - 4 14 2 -
Refined Lead - Total 1 27 17 60% 31 58 33 75%
Refined Lead - Integrated 24 17 40% 29 53 33 59%
Refined Lead - Custom 3 - - 2 5 - -
Silver - Total (in tonnes) 2 92 49 86% 82 174 96 81%
Silver - Integrated (in tonnes) 80 49 63% 79 160 96 66%
Silver – Custom (in tonnes)   12   -   -   3   14   -    
 

Mined metal production was 190,000 tonnes in Q2 and 377,000 tonnes in H1, as compared with 210,000 tonnes and 398,000 tonnes in the corresponding prior periods. The Sindesar Khurd (SK) mine continued to ramp-up well with mined metal production up 39% at 45,000 tonnes in H1.

In line with the mined metal production, integrated production of refined zinc was 153,000 tonnes in Q2 and 310,000 tonnes in H1. Integrated production of refined lead was 24,000 tonnes in Q2, and 53,000 tonnes in H1, up 40% and 59% respectively, driven by the ramp-up of the new 100kt Dariba lead smelter.

In line with the mine plan and earlier guidance, mined metal production in FY2013 is expected to be slightly higher than the previous year, with production in H2 FY2013 more than making up for marginally lower production in H1 FY2013 as compared with the corresponding prior period.

Integrated production of silver was 80 tonnes in Q2 and 160 tonnes in H1, up 63% and 66% respectively, driven by the ramp-up of SK mine and the new 100kt Dariba lead smelter.

The Rampura Agucha underground mine and Kayar mine projects are progressing well to deliver commercial production in FY2014. The Kayar mine produced developmental ore in Q2.

 

Zinc International

    Q2   Q1   H1
Particulars (in’000 tonnes, or as stated) FY2013   FY2012   % change YoY FY2013 FY2013   FY2012   % change YoY
ZINC INTERNATIONAL 114 114 - 106 220 233 (5%)
Zinc -refined 37 37 - 36 73 76 (4%)
Mined metal content- BMM and Lisheen   77   77   -   70   147   157   (6%)
 

Total production of refined zinc and mined zinc-lead metal in concentrate (MIC) was 114,000 tonnes in Q2, in line with the corresponding prior period, and 5% lower at 220,000 in H1 in line with the current year’s mine plan and on account of lower grades, as earlier guided.

 

Copper - India and Australia

    Q2   Q1   H1
Particulars (in’000 tonnes, or as stated) FY2013   FY2012   % change YoY FY2013 FY2013   FY2012   % change YoY
COPPER- INDIA / AUSTRALIA              
Copper - Mined metal content 6 5 14% 7 13 11 13%
Copper - Cathodes   87   87   -   88   175   161   9%
 

Copper cathode production was 87,000 tonnes in Q2, in line with the corresponding prior period, and 9% higher at 175,000 tonnes in H1.

Mined metal production at Australia was 14% higher at 6,000 tonnes in Q2 and 13% higher at 13,000 tonnes in H1.

The first 80MW unit of the 160MW captive power plant at Tuticorin, which will predominantly provide power to the copper smelter, was synchronised during the quarter.

 

Aluminium

    Q2   Q1   H1
Particulars

(in’000 tonnes, or as stated)

FY2013   FY2012   % change YoY FY2013 FY2013   FY2012   % change YoY
ALUMINIUM              
Balco   63   60   4%   60   123   121   1%
 

The Balco Korba-II smelter continues to operate at its rated capacity.

Due to a delay in obtaining regulatory approvals, the first 300MW unit of the BALCO 1,200MW captive power plant is now expected to be synchronized in the current quarter. Thereafter, we plan to tap the first metal at the 325 ktpa Korba-III aluminium smelter in Q4 FY2013. For the 211mt coal block at BALCO, we are progressing well towards obtaining the second stage forest clearance, and thereafter we intend to commence mining this year.

Power

    Q2   Q1   H1
Particulars (in million units) FY2013   FY2012   % change YoY FY2013 FY2013   FY2012   % change YoY
POWER              
Total Power Sales 2,474 1,748 42% 2,458 4,933 3,415 44%
SEL 3 1,940 1,267 53% 1,938 3,879 2,404 61%
Balco 270MW Power Sales 346 387 (10%) 338 684 811 (16%)
HZL Wind Power   188   94   99%   182   370   200   85%
 

Power sales were 2,474 million units in Q2 and 4,933 million units in H1, 42%and 44% higher than the corresponding prior periods. This significant increase was primarily due to higher power sales from three units of the Jharsuguda 2,400MW power plant, operating at availability of over 80% and plant load factor (PLF) of 50% in H1, with the fourth unit generating under trial run. PLF of the Jharsuguda 2,400MW power plant was constrained due to evacuation limitations. We continue to work towards debottlenecking of our evacuation capacity, and target to enhance it by an additional 1,000MW transmission by Q4 FY2013.

Power sales were augmented by higher sales at HZL wind power, which was expanded by 150MW to 274MW last year.

Power sales at Balco 270 MW were 10% lower at 346 million units in Q2 and 16% lower at 684 million units in H1 due to lower demand.

Work at the Talwandi Sabo power project is progressing well and the first unit is now expected to be synchronized in Q2 FY2014.

 

Production Summary (Unaudited)

(in ’000 tonnes, except as stated)

    Q2   Q1   H1
Particulars FY2013   FY2012   % change YoY FY2013 FY2013   FY2012   % change YoY
ZINC INDIA              
Mined metal content 190 210 (9%) 187 377 398 (5%)
Refined Zinc - Total 163 185 (12%) 161 324 378 (14%)
Refined Zinc - Integrated 153 185 (17%) 157 310 376 (17%)
Refined Zinc - Custom 10 - - 4 14 2 -
Refined Lead - Total 1 27 17 60% 31 58 33 75%
Refined Lead - Integrated 24 17 40% 29 53 33 59%
Refined Lead - Custom 3 - - 2 5 - -
Silver - Total (in tonnes) 2 92 49 86% 82 174 96 81%
Silver - Integrated (in tonnes) 80 49 63% 79 160 96 66%
Silver – Custom (in tonnes) 12 -   3 14 -  
ZINC INTERNATIONAL 114 114 - 106 220 233 (5%)
Zinc -refined 37 37 - 36 73 76 (4%)
Mined metal content- BMM and Lisheen 77 77 - 70 147 157 (6%)
COPPER- INDIA / AUSTRALIA              
Copper - Mined metal content 6 5 14% 7 13 11 13%
Copper - Cathodes 87 87 0% 88 175 161 9%
ALUMINIUM              
Balco 63 60 4% 60 123 121 1%
POWER (in million units)              
Total Power Sales 2,474 1,748 42% 2,458 4,933 3,415 44%
SEL 3 1,940 1,267 53% 1,938 3,879 2,404 61%
Balco 270MW Power Sales 346 387 (10%) 338 684 811 (16%)
HZL Wind Power   188   94   99%   182   370   200   85%

1.

 

Includes captive consumption of 3,076 tonnes in H1 FY2013 vs. 2,739 tonnes in H1 FY 2012, and 1,435 tonnes in Q2 FY2013 vs. 1,348 tonnes in Q2 FY2012.

2.

Includes captive consumption of 16 tonnes in H1 FY2013 vs. 14 tonnes in H1 FY 2012 and 8 tonnes in Q2 FY2013 vs. 7 tonnes in Q2 FY2012.

3.

Includes production under trial run of 339 million units in H1 FY2013 vs. 288 million units in H1 FY2012, and 138 million units in Q2 FY2013 vs. 149 million units in Q2 FY2013.

About Sterlite Industries

Sterlite Industries (India) Limited is India’s largest diversified metals and mining company. The company produces aluminium, copper, zinc, lead, silver, and commercial energy and has operations in India, Australia, Namibia, South Africa and Ireland. The company has a strong organic growth pipeline of projects. Sterlite Industries is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange in India and the New York Stock Exchange in the United States. For more information, please visit www.sterlite-industries.com

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Sterlite Industries (India) Limited
Ashwin Bajaj, +91 22 6646 1531
Senior Vice President – Investor Relations
sterlite.ir@vedanta.co.in
or
Sheetal Khanduja, +91 22 6646 1531
AGM – Investor Relations
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