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Monday 22 May, 2006

Vedanta Resources

Commissioning of Smelter

Vedanta Resources PLC
22 May 2006


                                                                     22 May 2006

                             Vedanta Resources plc

            Temporary Setback to Full Commissioning of Korba Smelter

Vedanta Resources plc announces that the full commissioning of its new 250,000
tpa aluminium smelter ('Korba II') has been affected due to recent extreme
weather conditions in Korba last week.

As a result of stormy weather, the captive power plants tripped, resulting in a
blackout and less than optimal supply of electricity to the Korba II potline
from standby sources. We are currently stabilising the potline under these
complex conditions and some pots have been taken out from the existing
production line. The remaining pots in production currently yield an output of
350 tons per day as compared to an average of 450 tons per day in the month of
March 2006.

We are making efforts to stabilise the pots taken out from the potline and our
current assessment is that this may be progressively completed towards the end
of the second quarter of FY 2007. The surplus power that is generated by our
captive power plants due to this situation will be exported to the State grid
until fully used for internal requirements.


For further information, please contact:
Sumanth Cidambi                             sumanth.cidambi@vedanta.co.in
Associate Director - Investor Relations     Tel: +44 20 7659 4732 / +91 22 6646 1531
Vedanta Resources plc

Faeth Birch
Robin Walker
Finsbury                                    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 www.vedantaresources.com.


Disclaimer

This press release contains 'forward-looking statements' - that is, statements
related to future, not past, events. In this context, forward-looking statements
often address our expected future business and financial performance, and often
contain words such as 'expects,' 'anticipates,' 'intends,' 'plans,' 'believes,'
'seeks,' 'should' or 'will.' Forward-looking statements by their nature address
matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain. For us, uncertainties arise
from the behaviour of financial and metals markets including the London Metal
Exchange, fluctuations in interest and or exchange rates and metal prices; from
future integration of acquired businesses; and from numerous other matters of
national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic,
business, competitive or regulatory nature. These uncertainties may cause our
actual future results to be materially different that those expressed in our
forward-looking statements. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking
statements.



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