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Tangshan and Xuzhou order steel mills to cut output on concerns of missed pollution targets

Steel News - Published on Fri, 14 Dec 2018

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Reuters reported that authorities in China’s major steelmaking cities of Tangshan and Xuzhou have asked mills to curtail output as city officials are concerned they will not meet their pollution reduction targets for the year.

The Tangshan city government ordered steel mills to comply with cuts mandated under first level smog alert, meaning production should be cut by 40 percent, from the current second-level alert with cuts of only 30 percent. Mills will also be required to shut all sintering machines, facilities that process raw iron ore before being smelted into steel, and shaft furnaces that have failed to meet ultra-low emission standards, the document said.

Meanwhile, the city of Xuxhou in China’s No 2 steelmaking province of Jiangsu, 800 km south of Tangshan, ordered steel mills to shut down operations throughout December. The report quoted an executive at Xuzhou Jinhong Iron and Steel Co as saying that “We were ordered on Tuesday to stop production until December 31 as the city government has struggled to reach pollution targets.”

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Fri, 14 Dec 2018
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