14 December 2007 12:30 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--Plans to build a major paraxylene (PX) plant at Xiamen in China's Fujian Province came under further fire on Thursday and Friday in a public meeting to discuss the project.
Local authorities had six months ago suspended construction of the plant on mounting public pressure.
Fifty-two out of 99 speakers at a public forum on Thursday opposed the development of the yuan (CNY) 10.8bn ($1.5bn) plant for Tenglong Aromatic Paraxylene (Xiamen) Co, part of the Dragon Group, which has a planned PX capacity of 800,000 tonnes.
The plant would add about CNY80bn a year to the local economy, the local authorities had said.
They had solicited public opinions following the publication of an environmental assessment report by the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES).
It had advised local urban planners of either designating Xiamen's Haicang district in which the plant would be built an industrial park for chemicals or a residential zone.
($1 = CNY7.37)
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