India's state-run National Aluminium Co Ltd (NALCO) (NALU.BO: Quote) is in talks with mine workers to have them return to work after a shutdown, which could take up to a week, the company's top official said on Tuesday.

NALCO's bauxite mine in eastern Orissa state has been shut since April 12 when it was attacked by Maoist rebels ahead of national elections, killing 14 people. [ID:nDEL456440].

It may open any time... maybe today, maybe tomorrow, maybe after seven days, NALCO Chairman C.R. Pradhan told Reuters.

He said workers had made several demands regarding security that the company was trying to meet. The mine, situated in the Koraput district in Orissa, has a capacity to generate 4.8 million tonnes of bauxite a year, supplied to the company's smelter in the same state.

Pradhan said the smelter's operations continued as usual, thanks to the stocks it held. The norm was to have 30 days' stocks on hand, he added. (Reporting by Ruchira Singh; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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