Andhra Pradesh is a mineral rich State ranking 2nd in the Country containing a vast and variety of Mineral engaged in mining of 42 Industrial minerals to name a few Limestone, Mica, Barytes, Bauxite, Beach Sands, Steatite, Quartz, Feldspar, Manganese, Dolomite etc. There is a still untapped and untapped Mineral Wealth throwing up, any opportunities in this field for the new entrepreneurs. The Andhra Pradesh in its Vision 2020 Document recognized Mines and Mineral Sector one of the State has also made certain structural changes for the speedy processing and disposal of applications of the interested entrepreneurs in obtaining Mineral Concessions in a transparent time bound manner with a view to saving the valuable time to the entrepreneurs. The State has an ambitious programme of processing and granting the Mineral Concessions “online” keeping in tune the advancement in Information Technology.
Andhra Pradesh is endowed with the vast variety of mineral wealth, much of which contains the Industrial Minerals. A wide range of these Minerals occurring in the State finds use in Fertilizer, Ceramics, Refractories, Abrasives, Glass, Foundry, Oil Well Drilling Fillers, Pigments etc. The State produces about 42 Industrial Minerals including certain Minor Minerals. Some of the Minerals produced have placed the State among the leading producers in the Country. These Minerals include Mica, Barytes, Limestone, Dolomite, Fire Clay, Ball Clay, Feldspar, Fullers Earth, Serpentine, Quartz, Quartzite, Silica Sand, Ochres, Asbestos, Talc / Satire, Pyrophyllite, Calcite, Vermiculite, Feldspar, Dimensional Stones etc. The States mineral wealth is either under-tapped or untapped due to various reasons of Technology, Finance, Value Addition etc.
The state accounts for considerable reserves of important minerals, viz, Barytes (97%), Calcite (75%), Vermiculite (27%), Limestone (44%), Garnet (23%), Feldspar(5%), Fuller’s Earth (6%), Dolomite, Asbestos (96%), Fire Clay, Ball Clay (55%), Soapstone, Quartz, Silica sand, Graphite, Quartzite, Diamond, Corundum, Mica, Pyrophyllite, Kyanite, Granite, Marble, Ochre, Apatite, Chromite, Shale, Slate, Tungsten, Limeshell, Limekankar, Green Quartz etc..,