Date
18 August 2018
Environmental concerns among the public have forced many cities in northeast China to cancel planned alumina ventures. Photo: Bloomberg
Environmental concerns among the public have forced many cities in northeast China to cancel planned alumina ventures. Photo: Bloomberg

More northeast China cities scrap alumina projects

Four more cities in China’s Liaoning province have abandoned their pursuit of alumina projects due to public environmental concerns, Reuters reports.

After Chaoyang last week scrapped plans to build the world’s biggest alumina refinery, the cities of Fengcheng, Fuxin, Gaizhou and Huludao announced that they had abandoned their own ventures, according to the report.

The moves mean projects designed to produce over 18.5 million tons of the substance used to make aluminum metal will not go ahead.

Chaoyang decided last Wednesday to walk away from a 10 million ton per year alumina plant after a public consultation over its environmental impact.

Following that news, there was a flurry of announcements from other cities in Liaoning province.

First, Fengcheng said in a statement dated Aug. 3 that a 6 million ton per year alumina project it had agreed with Hangzhou Jinjiang Group had “stopped being implemented” in May for environmental reasons.

One day later, the Huludao government said it had noted netizens’ concerns over its own alumina refinery and decided to cancel it.

In another announcement, Fuxin said it is halting negotiations and cancelling its alumina project.

Then, on Aug. 5, Gaizhou said it had canceled a planned 2.5 million ton per year alumina project led by the Chongqing-based Bosai Group “in the wishes of the masses”.

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