Vedanta all set to buy govt stake in Hindustan Copper Ltd.

Mining giant Vedanta Group will look to bid for buying the government’s stake in Hindustan Copper Ltd as when the state-owned firm is put up for privatisation, founder Anil Agarwal said. He said that the company is doing its due diligence for the same.

“Yes we are looking (at) Hindustan copper. We are doing the due diligence…The dates have not come…As soon as they announce the date, things will be much more exciting and people will start believing that the process is going on in India,” Agarwal said when asked whether he is looking at participating in the government’s disinvestment process.

Talking about the progress with regard to Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia, he said the government of this African country is in the process of working with the company on the matter. The previous government, a few years back, “has taken away this asset from us. They have already announced that they are in the process of working, because they want to have the best relationship with the Indian government…I hope that in very short time, we will get back this asset and we are going to invest a lot of money into this to make it modernise and create employment there,” he told the Press Trust of India (PTI).

Talking about his capex plans in the coming years, he said they are planning to invest about $ 20 billion in the next 2 to 3 years. “It can go to four years also. Twenty-five per cent on technology side and 75 per cent on natural resources side,” he said adding India has a huge reserves of natural resources and the country has done good above the ground on the agri side.

“Now we need to go below the ground. We can not remain an import based country whether it is copper, gold, uranium or oil and gas,” Agarwal added.

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