Mineral Production during January 2011
The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector in January 2011 was lower by 0.25% compared to that of the preceding month. However the mineral sector has shown a positive growth of 1.58% during January 2011 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 January 2011 was Rs.16295 crore. The contribution of petroleum (crude) was the highest at Rs. 5412 crore (33%). Next in the order of importance were: coal Rs.4770 crore, iron ore Rs.3302 crore, natural gas (utilized) Rs. 1336 crore, lignite Rs. 420 crore and limestone Rs. 262 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 95% of the total value of mineral production in January 2011.
Production level of important minerals in January 2011 were: coal 512 lakh tonnes, lignite 38 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilized) 4281 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 32 lakh tonnes, bauxite 1074 thousand tonnes, chromite 471 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 11 thousand tonnes, gold 155 kg., iron ore 182 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 14 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 234 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 133 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 188 thousand tonnes, dolomite 308 thousand tonnes, limestone 193 lakh tonnes, magnesite 20 thousand tones and diamond 1 carat.
In January 2011 the output of lignite increased by 26.75%, zinc conc.9.36%, chromite 4.82%, lead conc. 2.34%, coal 1.57%, bauxite 0.38 percent The production of copper conc. and gold remains at the level of previous month. However the production of natural gas (utilized) decreased by 0.47%, limestone 0.61%, petroleum (crude) 3.78%, iron ore 4.41%, dolomite 5.59%, apatite & phosphorite 8.84%, magnesite 11.30%, manganese ore 14.05% and diamond 98.73 percent.