SHANGHAI, Jan 22 (SMM) – The government of Tangshan, China’s top steelmaking city, is mulling greater output curbs on sintering machines and shaft furnaces at steel mills in March and extending the winter production curbs beyond the heating season, according to the official notice released on January 18.
On top of current winter curbs, all sintering machines and shaft furnaces at steelmakers who do not provide heating services in Tangshan would be required to halve capacity during March, when it is expected that wind diffusion will worsen.
For the same period, sintering machines and shaft furnaces at steelmakers that provide heating services would be subject to levels in line with winter curbs on blast furnaces.
Beyond the heating season, from April 1 to September 30, steel mills in two parts of the city would be required to maintain heating-season production cuts in turn.
In April, August and September, mills in the high-tech industrial development zone, Fengrun, Zunhua, Qianxi, Yutian areas, Lutai economic development zone and Hangu management zone would be required to continue winter curbs on blast furnaces and to cut capacity of sintering and pelletising machines by half. Mills that provide heating services would be exempted from the limitations.
Steel mills in Lunan, Lubei, Kaiping, Guye, Fengnan, Qian’an, Luanzhou, Luannan, Leting, Caofeidian areas and harbour development zone would be subject to similar curbs in May-July.
Shougang Jingtang Iron and Steel, Wenfeng Iron and Steel in Caofeidian district, Delong Steel and Heavy Plate in Leting county and Zongheng Steel and Iron in Fengnan district would be required to cut capacity of sintering machines, shaft furnaces and blast furnaces by 20%.
Tangshan would also impose production curbs on other heavy industries including coke, cement, casting, volatile organic compounds (VOCs)-related and glass during March-September.