SHANGHAI, May 29 (SMM) – The government of Changzhou in Jiangsu province would intensify its efforts in controlling air pollution across the region from May 28 to June 30, according to a government notice released on Sunday May 27.
During this period, industrial factories without facilities to control air pollution or those with outdated facilities are required to suspend their operations.
Earthworks and mixing plants are also required to halt operations except for key infrastructure construction and projects related to everyday livelihood.
Projects that were specifically required to treat their air pollution issues would be required to suspend operations for rectification if scheduled progress is not achieved by the end of May.
Plants that are specifically supervised by the municipal office on air pollution are required to cut over half of their production based on the average output in January-April. For the plants with thermal power that have managed to reduce its emission to the designated level, a 40% cut is required.
Production would be suspended if excessive pollutants are discharged.
Separately, a 550 m3 blast furnace at Zenith Steel in Changzhou would undergo maintenance for three months from Monday May 28. Its captive heating furnace, sintering machine, and a steel bar rolling line, a wire rod rolling line would also undergo maintenance. The bar rolling line has been shut down on Monday while the wire rod rolling line is expected to be shut from the middle of June.
The move is likely to affect 200,000 mt of monthly molten iron output, 80,000 mt of rebar and 60,000-70,000 mt of wire rod. SMM learned that the maintenance has already been planned and has nothing to do with the environmental protection drive.
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