China’s Xianyang govt removes PX project from chemical park plan

30 November 2012 06:37  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Xianyang city government announced late on Thursday that it has cancelled the paraxylene (PX) project from its chemical park plan as the material is hazardous in transportation and storage.

Under the city’s preliminary blueprint published on late September, it will set up a chemical industry park that houses a range of plants such as refineries, coal-to-olefin project, PX project and crackers. 

On 28 and 29 November, local residents voiced their objections against the plan, particularly the PX project, in a number of online gateways.

“We have revised our plan in November after it was reviewed by environmental experts and the PX project is no longer included in the plan,” according a statement by Xianyang Municipal Development & Reform Commission.

An official from the Commission told ICIS that the revised plan will be published after approvals by provincial level authorities.

According to the preliminary plan, the park will have two refineries each with a capacity of 200,000 bbl/day, a 800,000 tonne/year PX project, a 1.8m tonne/year coal-to-methanol plant, a 680,000 tonne/year methanol-to-olefin plant, a cracker that can produce 600,000 tonnes/year of ethylene and a number of derivative plants such as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and ethylene oxide (EO).

Chinese residents are increasingly conscious on health, and projects that cause pollutions are resisted across the country, industry sources said.

In October, Ningbo government announced that it would not allow any construction of PX project in the city.

Xianyang is a city in Shaanxi province, located in northwest China.

By: Fanny Zhang
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