Sterlite Industries, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources, has been given the go-ahead to reopen its copper smelter in southern India after a court ordered the company to close it last week.

The Supreme Court stayed a Madras court judgment ordering the closure of the Tuticorin smelter due to environmental concerns, until the company’s appeal is heard on 18 October.

Sterlite, however, said it has abided by all environmental requirements and has obtained all approvals since the inception of the smelter in 1997.

The copper smelter produced 334,000t of copper cathode in the 12 months to March, which accounted for nearly half of all India’s copper output.