Mineral production during December 2009
The mineral production from mining and quarrying sector in December 2009 was higher by 6.40% compared to that of the preceding month. However, the mineral sector has shown a positive growth of 8.51% during the current financial year i.e. April- December 2009-10 as compared to that of the previous year. The mineral production in December 2009 was higher by 9.57% as compared to that of the corresponding month of previous year.
The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) in the country during December 2009 was Rs. 9713 crore. The contribution of coal was the highest at Rs. 3864 crore (40%). Next in the order of importance were: iron ore Rs. 1806 crore, petroleum (crude) Rs. 1618 crore, natural gas (utilized) Rs. 1350 crore, lignite Rs. 239 crore and limestone Rs. 223 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 94% of the total value of mineral production in December 2009.
Production level of important minerals in December 2009 were: coal 489 lakh tonnes, lignite 29 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilized) 4325 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 29 lakh tonnes, bauxite 1190 thousand tonnes, chromite 332 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 9 thousand tonnes, gold 163 kg., iron ore 177 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 12 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 202 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 113 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 77 thousand tonnes, dolomite 429 thousand tonnes, limestone 179 lakh tones, magnesite 24 thousand tones and diamond 1883 carats.
In December 2009, the output of lignite increased by 39%, diamond 14.47%, apatite & phosphorite 10.21%, natural gas (utilized) 8.48%, coal 8.17%, zinc conc. 5.8%, petroleum (crude) 4.01%, copper conc. 2.10%, iron ore 0.87%, lead conc. 0.55%, and limestone 0.26 percent. However, the production of manganese ore decreased by 0.32%, gold 3.55%, dolomite 6.1%, magnesite 10.22% and bauxite 21.87 percent.