Mineral output up 8.25% at Rs 14,785 cr

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SummaryPetroleum was the highest contributor to the total kitty of mineral production.

The country's mineral production, excluding atomic and minor minerals, rose by 8.25 per cent in value terms in September this year to Rs 14,785 crore over a year ago, an official statement released today said.

The total value of mineral production, excluding atomic and minor minerals, during September 2011 was Rs 13,658 crore.

Petroleum was the highest contributor to the total kitty of mineral production during the reporting month at Rs 5,600 crore. This was followed by coal at Rs 4,137 crore and iron ore at Rs 2,321 crore.

Natural gas production (utilised) was to the tune of Rs 1,221 crore, lignite Rs 355 crore and limestone Rs 335 crore.

"These six minerals together contributed about 94 per cent of the total value of mineral production in September 2012," the statement said.

Output of lead concentrate increased 13.5 per cent during the month over September 2011. The concentrates of zinc and copper grew by 12.6 per cent and 11.6, respectively. Bauxite production was up by 8.2 per cent and manganese ore by 1.5 per cent.

The coal production during September, 2012, stood at 361 lakh tonnes, lignite 31 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilised) 3,263 million cubic meter and petroleum (crude) 31 lakh tonnes, among others. Iron ore production was 94 lakh tonnes.

Gold and diamond productions stood at 124 km and 2,515 carat, respectively, during the reported period.

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