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Thursday 17 November, 2005

Vedanta Resources

Growth Project

Vedanta Resources PLC
17 November 2005

                                                               November 17, 2005

            Vedanta Resources announces new growth project in Zambia

The board of Vedanta Resources plc ('Vedanta') has approved a new capital
project for the expansion of the Nkana smelter in Konkola Copper Mines ('KCM'),
at a total cost of $125 million. The expansion will increase the smelter
capacity to 300,000 tpa and will be adequate not only to treat the expanded
output from Konkola after completion of the Konkola Deep expansion but also toll
treat concentrates from other mines in Zambia.

The project is expected to be completed by mid 2008 and will be financed
substantially from internal cash generations of KCM, supplemented with debt as
required. The technology proposed for the smelter will be sourced from Outokompo
Finland and is suitable to treat the concentrate from the Nchanga and Konkola
mines of KCM.

For further information, please contact:

Sumanth Cidambi                               
Associate Director - Investor Relations
Vedanta Resources plc                         Tel: +91 22 5646 1444

Faeth Birch                                   
Robin Walker
Finsbury Group                                Tel: +44 20 7251 3801

About Vedanta Resources plc

Vedanta Resources plc is a London listed diversified metals and mining group.
Its principal operations are located throughout India, with further operations
in Zambia and Australia. The major metals produced are aluminium, copper, zinc
and lead. For further information, please visit


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