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China NPI Production to Hit by New Round of Environmental Protection Inspections, SMM Reports
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SHANGHAI, Mar. 23 (SMM) – The first round of 5 environmental protection inspection teams organized by Environment Protection Bureau of Shandong will be stationed in 10 cities of Shandong province for about 1 month from March 22. 

The 10 cities include Zibo, Dongying, Weifang, Jining, Taian, Rizhao, Laiwu, Liaocheng, Binzhou and Heze. 

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Among the 10 inspected cities, Liaocheng, Binzhou, Rizhao and Weifang have low-grade NPI plants, SMM survey finds. Total NPI output at the four regions was 610 tonnes (Ni content) in February, accounting for 1.9 percent of China’s total output in the month, according to SMM data. 

Hence, the impact on the whole industry from the round of inspections is expected to be small, SMM predicts. 

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However, it is learnt that a new round of inspections will be introduced in Fujian, Zhejiang and Guangdong from early April. NPI output in Fujian and Guangdong occupies about 25 percent of China’s total. NPI producers in the two regions are largely equipped with environment-friendly facilities. 

SMM will follow the progress of the inspections.  

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