SHANGHAI, Jan 2 (SMM) – Nonferrous metal smelters in Liaocheng of east China’s Shandong province have been put under capacity cutbacks ranging from 20-30% as the city on January 2 implemented level II response to heavy smog expected to last from January 2 to 5.
This came after the city issued a red alert, the highest in Beijing’s four-tier warning system, on December 19.
From January 2 to 5, lead and zinc smelters in Liaocheng are required to shut 30% of capacity and all producers of secondary copper, aluminium, lead, and zinc have to halt production. Heavy-duty vehicles below national stage IV emission standards are banned from delivering cargoes from the smelters.
Meanwhile, steelmakers in Liaocheng are also under production curbs during the smog alert.
Category-B and C integrated steel mills should suspend the operation of sintering and palletising equipment, but are allowed to recover the respective capacity by no more than 50% after the smog alert remains in place for 120 hours.
Electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmakers have stopped vehicle shipping; independent producers of sintered ore and pellet as well as steel rolling mills have suspended production and are banned from delivering products.