SHANGHAI, Sep 3 (SMM) – Steelmakers in China’s top steelmaking hub of Tangshan in Hebei province have been ordered to tighten their production cuts during 18:00 CST September 2 to 12:00 CST September 7, in anticipation of poor pollutant diffusion conditions, according to a notice from the city government.
This came on top of the city’s smog-control plan for September, which was not as stringent as that for August.
The latest regulations cover steel mills in districts of Lubei, Lunan, Gaoxin, Kaiping, Fengnan, Guzhi, as well as cities of Luanzhou and Qian’an.
During September 2-7, all but one of the sintering machines at Tangyin Iron & Steel and the northern district of Tangshan Iron & Steel should stop operation, while other steel mills have to cut sintering capacity by no less than 50%.
Coke plants were required to suspend coal feeding and coke producing from late night to the next noon during that period.