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Mineral production up 5.2% in Dec

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 13, 2018 Published on February 17, 2017

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Mineral production in December 2016 rose by 5.2 per cent compared to December 2015, according to data released by the government.

The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic and minor minerals) during December 2016 was ₹22,348 crore. The contribution of coal was the highest at ₹9,317 crore (42 per cent). Crude oil contributed ₹5,553 crore, iron ore ₹2,438 crore, natural gas (utilised) ₹2,195 crore, lignite ₹804 crore and limestone ₹528 crore.

These six minerals together contributed about 93 per cent of the total value of mineral production in December 2016.

From December 2015, diamond production fell by 37.2 per cent, copper concentrate by 21.5 per cent, magnesite by 19.6 per cent and crude oil by 0.8 per cent in December 2016.

Gold production grew by 28.0 per cent, chromite by 67.4 per cent, lignite by 56.6 per cent, zinc concentrate by 38.9 per cent, Iron ore by 36.2 per cent, manganese ore by 34.1 per cent, lead concentrate by 22.3 per cent, bauxite by 21.0 per cent, apatite and phosphorite by 10.7 per cent, limestone by 5.8 per cent, coal by 3.8 per cent and natural gas (utilised) by 0.4 per cent.

In December 2016, diamond production stood at 2,096 carat while gold production was at 151 kg. Coal production stood at 642 lakh tonnes, lignite at 46 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilised) at 2,654 million cubic meters, crude oil at 31 lakh tonnes, bauxite at 20.81 lakh tonnes, Chromite at 4,56,000 tonnes, copper concentrate at 11,000 tonnes, and iron ore at 179 lakh tonnes.

Lead concentrate production stood at 26,000 tonnes, manganese ore at 2,48,000 tonnes, zinc concentrate at 1,71,000 tonnes, apatite and phosphorite at 47,000 tonnes, limestone at 247 lakh tonnes and magnesite at 20,000 tonnes.

Published on February 17, 2017
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