China allows preliminary work at Yulin coal-chemical complex

18 March 2010 07:50  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--China’s National Energy Bureau has allowed China’s Shenhua Group and US-based Dow Chemical to carry out preliminary work for their coal-chemical complex, a local official said on Thursday.

The bureau is a subordinate agency of the Chinese economic planning body National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

"The government’s recognition indicated they supported the complex and paved the way for the final approval, so I think there is no big problem for the complex to get the nod," the official said.

However, the official declined to say when the project would get the final approval.

The preliminary work mainly includes the construction of a coal mine, a combined heat and power plant, and land planning, the  official said.

The complex at Yulin in northwestern Shaanxi province would have 23 production units, auxiliary projects, supporting facilities and storage devices and could produce around 3.5m tonnes/year of fine chemicals and plastic products after its start-up in 2016, according to an earlier report from ICIS news.

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