Mineral Production During December 2010
The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector in December 2010 was higher by 3.96% compared to that of the preceding month. However the mineral sector has shown a positive growth of 3.78% during December 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 December 2010 was Rs.16169 crore. The contribution of petroleum (crude) was the highest at Rs. 5625 crore (35%). Next in the order of importance were: coal Rs.4687 crore, iron ore Rs.3215 crore, natural gas (utilized) Rs. 1303 crore, lignite Rs. 302 crore and limestone Rs. 242 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 95% of the total value of mineral production in December 2010.
Production level of important minerals in December 2010 were: coal 504 lakh tonnes, lignite 27 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilized) 4095 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 34 lakh tonnes, bauxite 1099 thousand tonnes, chromite 436 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 11 thousand tonnes, gold 155 kg., iron ore 180 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 14 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 227 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 124 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 160 thousand tonnes, dolomite 320 thousand tonnes, limestone 188 lakh tonnes, magnesite 21 thousand tonnes and diamond 79 carats.
In December 2010 the output of diamond increased by 1875%, magnesite 32.14%, lignite 9.89%, coal 9.44%, lead conc. 8.85%, bauxite 5.99%, iron ore 5.81, manganese ore 3.44%, petroleum (crude) 2.88 percent. The production of copper conc. remains at the level of previous month. However the production of limestone decreased by 1.39%, zinc conc.1.80%, natural gas (utilized) 2.34%, chromite 3.12%, dolomite 13.27%, apatite & phosphorite 17.24% and gold 22.50 percent.