SHANGHAI, Mar 2 (SMM) – China’s top steelmaking hub, Tangshan in Hebei province, has issued its air pollution control plan for March, in a bid to hit the targets in the upcoming assessment as the winter draws to a close.
According to the plan, steelmakers that are graded as A and B on their environmental status will not face production restrictions.
Grade-C mills that help supply heat are required to cut capacity of their sintering and pelletising machines, lime kilns and blast furnaces by at least 50% in the second half of March, while this curb will be effective for other mills for the full month.
Steel mills that will move out of the central area may enjoy preferential treatment.
Coke plants are ordered to suspend the wet quenching of coke from 20:00 to 8:00 every day.
Steel, coke, cement, power, port, coal mining enterprises are forbidden to transport cargoes by trucks under emission standards of National IV and below.