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China’s Shandong to close 10.23 million tonne coal capacity

Coal News - Published on Wed, 03 Jan 2018

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Reuters reported that China’s industrialised province of Shandong plans to eliminate 10.23 million tonnes of coal capacity, a local official said, two days after the central government criticised Shandong officials for failing to take action to curb coal capacity.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection issued a statement accusing Shandong officials of deceiving authorities to evade capacity cuts in the polluting coal, steel, aluminium and chemical sectors.

The MEP said in the statement that “Local authorities in Shandong performed badly on reducing coal us total coal consumption in 2015 and 2016 increased by 6.94 million tonnes and 7.06 million tonnes respectively compared to the level in 2012.”

Criticism came after the central government dispatched inspectors to Shandong in August and September to check its environmental situation.

Shandong said it has met the 2017 target of eliminating 2.55 million tonnes coal capacity.

Mr Zhang Bin, director at Shandong Provincial State-Owned Assets and Administration Commission, said in a news briefing that “In 2018, Shandong will continue to deepen supply-side reform by shutting nine (local government-backed) coal mine totalling 10.23 million tonnes of coal capacity.”

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Wed, 03 Jan 2018
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