Water shortages, emissions may hinder China’s coal-based sectors

19 April 2013 13:03 Source:ICIS News

SHANGHAI (ICIS)--Water shortages and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions may hinder the development of China’s coal-based gas and petrochemical sectors if these two main challenges are not properly managed, Liang Longhu, deputy chief engineer of the Sinopec Luoyang Petrochemical Engineering Corp, said on Friday.

Most of the coal resources in China are located in areas where water supply is scarce, hence coal-based industries will need to have effective waste water technologies to manage this challenge, said Liang.

A coal-based plant has to be located near coal resources to be cost effective, he said.

CO2 emissions have to be managed right from the start if a coal-based plant is to succeed in the long run, he said.

“We should not be over optimistic,” he added, referring to the potential opportunities in the coal-based industries.

Liang was speaking at the 7th China Petrochemical Forum, a two-day event in Shanghai which ended on Friday.

By Chow Bee Lin