SHANGHAI, Jun 21 (SMM) – In a month-long regulatory assessment of its ecology, Shengfang town in Hebei province intensified efforts to clamp down on substandard industrial plants on June 20.
This is part of the central government's environmental review in the province that started on May 31. Shengfang, a transportation hub that lies to the south of Beijing, north of Xiong'an new district, and west of Tianjin, was identified as a key area for review.
This round of regulation will focus on industrial plants that failed to comply with local industrial layout plans and policies. It will also target those that did not meet emission standards and that lack adequate facilities and equipment to control pollution.
Pickling charges of steel products in the area are likely to decline as the shutdown of substandard steel mills will affect demand.
Local plants raised pickling charges for hot-rolled coil from the typical 70-100 yuan/mt to 150-220 yuan/mt as of June 20 as supply decreased. Supplies shrank on transportation restrictions in Tangshan and Handan and as inspectors targeted steel pickling from late April.
Pickling is a common process in steelmaking that descales and cleans ferrous metals, copper, precious metals and aluminium alloys.