Taiwan president rejects proposed petchem complex

23 April 2011 08:50  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said he would not support a proposed mega petrochemical complex in the country’s western Changhua County because of its environmental impact, according to news reports on Friday.

The president made the statement after an environmental impact assessment (EIA) team did not reach a final conclusion on the proposed Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Co (KPTC) complex, but instead proposed two options; to either reject the complex or give it conditional approval, according to news reports.

Farmers, residents and environmentalists have opposed the mega complex, which KPTC intends to build on reclaimed land near the wetlands of Changhua county. They say the project will harm the ecosystem and pollute the surrounding air and water, according to media reports.

Following the raising of these concerns, KPTC pledged to downsize its planned facility by reducing the proposed number of plants at the complex from 41 to 25. This would include a 300,000 bbl/day refinery, a 1.2m tonne/year cracker and other downstream plants such as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

By: Brian Ford
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