India says mineral production rose in November 2015


India’s mineral production rose in November, with the index for the mining and quarrying sector clocking 131.5, higher by 2.3 percent against the same period in 2014, a government statement said.

“The cumulative growth for the period April-November 2015-16 over the corresponding period of previous year stands at (+) 2.1 percent,” it said.

The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) during November 2015 was Rs. 19,381 crore, with coal contributing the highest increase of 43 percent at Rs. 8,266 crore (43%), the statement said, adding that total crude oil production came in at Rs. 5525 crore, natural gas (utilized) at Rs. 2177 crore, iron ore Rs. 1791 crore, limestone Rs. 463 crore and lignite at Rs.286 crore.

“These six minerals together contributed about 95% of the total value of mineral production in November 2015,” the statement said.

Coal production stood at 568 lakh tonnes, lignite at 23 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilised) at 2632 million cu. m. and petroleum at 30 lakh tonnes. India produced 1,934 thousand tonnes of bauxite, 290 thousand tonnes, of chromite, 12 thousand tonnes of copper concentrate and 102 kg of gold.

Iron ore production was at 130 lakh tonnes, up 41.7 percent.


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