China halts Sinopec’s paraxylene plant expansion after protests

China halts Sinopec’s paraxylene plant expansion after protests

11:16 AM, 29th October 2012
China halts Sinopec’s paraxylene plant expansion after protests

NINGBO, CHINA: The eastern Chinese city of Ningbo said it ‘firmly opposes’ a project to produce the toxic chemical paraxylene, at a local plant after hundreds of residents protested. Authorities will halt early work on the facility and study the project further, according to a statement posted on the website of the government of Zhenhai district, where the plant is located. More than 1,000 residents protested against an expansion of the plant owned by China Petroleum & Chemical Corp, Sinopec.

The demonstrations in Ningbo started on 24 October 2012 when about 200 villagers began petitioning over environmental concerns and blocked traffic. Ningbo pledged to conduct an environmental assessment of the facility. The expanded Sinopec plant is designed to produce 15 million tonne of refined oil and 1.2 million tonne of ethylene annually and will cost about ¥55.87 billion ($8.9 billion).

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