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China's focus massive coal industry park cleans up "scars"

Coal News - Published on Wed, 20 Mar 2019

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Xinhua reported that the largest coal chemical park in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region has launched a campaign to clean up over 120 small and disorderly coalfields. The Ningdong Energy and Chemical Industry Base, one of China's largest coal production bases and a coal-to-chemical industry base, is located close to Shaanxi Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, areas with large coal deposits.

Since last year, it has shut down 127 disorderly coalfields which occupied over 533 hectares. Over 2 million tonnes of coal has been cleaned and 90 percent of the construction above ground has been dismantled.

The coalfields were a major logistical base that stored coal from the local area and Inner Mongolia, and then loaded them onto trucks to send to local fire power plants, boilers, and consumers in Yunnan and Jiangsu provinces. Annual turnover was 25 million tonnes, totaling CNY 10 billion. These coal fields, however, were poorly managed. Most never met environmental requirements. The decision to close them was met with great resistance by the coalfield owners who paid a hefty rent to the villages and created jobs for the people living in the area.

Yan Xinmin, an official with the base administration, said that "Money from the coalfields helped cover medical and social insurance costs for the villagers. One of the villages received four million yuan a year for leasing out the land to coal yard owners. Every family received a dividend of over CNY 5,000."

Mr Yang Jia, general manager of Ningxia Xinwen Energy Technology Company, said that he once had to hide from environmental inspectors because he did not have credentials for operation. Yang was the first to shut down the old coal yard and move his business to new coalfield, an 133-hectare area at the southern part of the base.

However, thirty-four companies have been chosen to move their coal storage facilities into the new coal field, which cost 600 million yuan to build.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Mar 2019
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