Adani’s Greenfield Copper Refinery Poised to be a Gamechanger for India’s Metal Industry

Enter Adani Enterprises' subsidiary, Kutch Copper Limited. Their greenfield copper refinery project in Mundra, Gujarat, marks a significant development.


Ahmedabad : From infrastructure to clean energy, copper forms the backbone of modern economies. As India pushes for sustainable growth, Adani Group’s maiden entry into the metal sector with a greenfield copper refinery project in Mundra holds immense potential to transform the country’s copper landscape.

Copper’s unique properties make it vital for everything from electrical wiring to renewable energy technologies.  India’s copper demand is on the rise, driven by factors like increasing electrification and a burgeoning electric vehicle sector. However, with per capita consumption lagging the global average and domestic production struggling to keep pace, India has become a net importer of copper. This not only strains foreign exchange reserves but also hinders self-sufficiency goals.

Enter Adani Enterprises’ subsidiary, Kutch Copper Limited. Their greenfield copper refinery project in Mundra, Gujarat, marks a significant development.  With a first-phase investment of $1.2 billion, the plant boasts a 0.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) capacity, with total capacity reaching 1 MTPA upon completion. This positions it to be the world’s largest single-location custom smelter, potentially propelling India back to being a net copper exporter.

Strategically located on the western coast, the Mundra plant offers easy access to international markets. It will not only produce refined copper but also valuable byproducts like gold, silver, and acids. The state-of-the-art facility leverages advanced technologies, world-class infrastructure, and operational excellence, creating a potential benchmark for sustainable copper production in India.

“Our commitment is to take India to the forefront of the global copper sector,” stated Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group. “We believe a robust domestic copper industry is crucial for achieving carbon neutrality by 2070 through green infrastructure and sustainable practices.”

This project aligns perfectly with the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and the country’s clean energy push. Copper is a critical component for solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicle parts. By investing in this sector, India can not only meet its growing domestic demand but also emerge as a key player in the global copper market.

Adani’s greenfield copper refinery project is a significant step towards a more robust and self-sufficient copper industry in India. This, coupled with a focus on advanced technologies and sustainable practices, has the potential to unlock immense opportunities for the nation’s future.