Mineral Production During September 2010
The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector in September 2010 was lower by 3.09% compared to that of the preceding month. However the mineral sector has shown a positive growth of 5.24% during September 2010 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 September 2010 was Rs. 12947 crore. The contribution of petroleum (crude) was the highest at Rs. 5208 crore (40%). Next in the order of importance were: coal Rs.3295 crore, iron ore (crude) Rs. 2067 crore, natural gas (utilized) Rs. 1295 crore, lignite Rs. 282 crore and limestone Rs. 244 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 96% of the total value of mineral production in September 2010.
Production level of important minerals in September 2010 were: coal 363 lakh tonnes, lignite 24 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilized) 4151 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 31 lakh tonnes, bauxite 805 thousand tonnes, chromite 219 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 7 thousand tonnes, gold 191 kg., iron ore 130 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 10 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 211 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 115 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 161 thousand tonnes, dolomite 387 thousand tonnes, limestone 177 lakh tones, magnesite 15 thousand tones and diamond 7071 carats.
In September 2010 the output of diamond increased by 5023.91%, manganese ore 12.17%, apatite & phosphorite 7.84 percent. However the production of chromite decreased by 0.72%, bauxite 1.1%, limestone 1.16%, iron ore 1.7%, lead conc. 1.74%, natural gas (utilized) 2.33%, petroleum (crude) 2.41%, dolomite 3.88%, gold 4.5%, lignite 5.37%, coal 5.45%, zinc con. 9.29%, magnesite 18.9% and copper conc. 30.92% percent.