Mineral Production During November 2011
The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector in November 2011 was higher by 4.27% compared to that of the preceding month. The mineral sector has shown a negative growth of 4.44% during November 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 November 2011 was Rs.15692 crore. The contribution of petroleum (crude) was the highest at Rs. 5567 crore (35%). Next in the order of importance were: coal Rs 4628 crore, iron ore Rs.2788 crore, natural gas (utilized) Rs. 1409 crore, lignite Rs. 301 crore and limestone Rs. 282crore. These six minerals together contributed about 95% of the total value of mineral production in November 2011.
Production level of important minerals in November 2011 were: coal 481 lakh tonnes, lignite 29 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilized) 3764 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 31 lakh tonnes, bauxite 1075 thousand tonnes, chromite 283 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 10 thousand tonnes, gold 108 kg., iron ore 121 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 14 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 171 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 135 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 180 thousand tonnes, dolomite 413 thousand tonnes, limestone 199 lakh tonnes, magnesite 20 thousand tonnes and diamond 2047 carat.
In November 2011 the output of magnesite increased by 46.52%, diamond 38.22%, coal 20.15%, zinc conc. 19.44%, manganese ore 18.05%, chromite 11.60%, lignite 9.32%, lead conc. 4.90%, gold 3.85%, dolomite 3.38%, bauxite 1.96 percent. However the production of limestone decreased by 0.44%, copper conc. 2.56%, petroleum (crude) 4.13%, natural gas (utilized) 4.27%, apatite & phosphorite 5.49%, and iron ore 6.36 percent.