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Hebei Province Moves 2019 Industrial Capacity Cutting Targets Forward

Steel News - Published on Tue, 09 Jul 2019

Image Source: South China Morning Post
Reuters reported that China’s top steelmaking province of Hebei has moved up the target dates for cutting industrial capacity and relocating plants by two months to the end of October. The province also pushed forward the elimination of small coal-fired industrial boilers and ultra-low emission upgrades at steel mills. The province said “There remains a relatively big gap for us to reach the annual air quality goal. So we decided to adopt more targeted and effective measures to control air pollution.”

Hebei earlier planned to eliminate steel capacity of 14 million tonnes, coal capacity of 10 million tonnes, coke capacity of 3 million tonnes and coal-fired power capacity of 500 megawatts by the end of 2019. It also planned to shut down or move 19 high-emission industrial plants in steel, chemicals and pharmaceutical sectors by the year end.

The province has pledged to reduce the amount of air pollution, especially the amount of hazardous particulate matter of 2.5 microns or less, known as PM2.5, which can lodge deep in the lungs when inhaled. In the first six months of 2019, the average PM 2.5 concentration in Hebei was at the same level as last year at 58 micrograms per cubic meter, despite the extension of industrial production curbs. The province has set a target of 53 micrograms per cubic meter for this year.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Tue, 09 Jul 2019
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