Mineral Production During December 2012 (Provisional)
The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector in December 2012 was higher by 7.9% compared to that of the preceding month. The mineral sector has shown a negative growth of 4.0% during December 2012 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 2012 was Rs. 18195 crore. The contribution of coal was the highest at Rs. 6254 crore (34%). Next in the order of importance were: petroleum (crude) Rs. 5854 crore, iron ore Rs. 2331 crore, natural gas (utilized) Rs. 2076 crore, lignite Rs. 416 crore and limestone Rs. 346 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 95% of the total value of mineral production in December 2012.
Production level of important minerals in December 2012 were: coal 535 lakh tonnes, lignite 38 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilized) 3244 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 32 lakh tonnes, bauxite 1042 thousand tonnes, chromite 202 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 11 thousand tonnes, gold 150 kg., iron ore 99 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 16 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 195 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 139 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 167 thousand tonnes, dolomite 428 thousand tonnes, limestone 224 lakh tonnes, magnesite 19 thousand tonnes and diamond 2367 carat.
In December 2012 the output of magnesite increased by 16.9%, lignite 16.9%, coal 15.8%, chromite 15.2%, diamond 14.9%, bauxite 11.9%, manganese ore 8.3%, gold 7.9%, iron ore 5.8%, copper conc. 3.7%, zinc conc. 3.2%, petroleum (crude) 3.2% and natural gas (utilized) 2.6 percent. However the production of limestone decreased by 0.3%, lead conc. 5.4%, dolomite 6.2% and apatite & phosphorite 28.5 percent.