China’s biggest cement producer Shandong province plans to close down 37.34Mt of vertical kiln cement clinker production capacity in the 2008-2010 period, about 45 percent of the total production capacity of cement clinker of the province in the end of 2006.
According to the provincial government, the province had 864 vertical kiln cement production lines in the end of 2006, posing an arduous task for the province in energy saving and reduction of pollutant discharge.
The province plans to close down 563 vertical kilns, and eliminated outdated clinker production capacity of 53.44Mt by 2010.
In fulfilling the plan, the province dismantled 102 vertical kiln production facilities in 2007, and got rid of outdated production capacity of more than 14 million tons.
Based on a plan of the province, Shandong is expected to close down 120 such outdated production lines in 2008, with production capacity amounting to 11.85 million tons, 119 production lines in 2009, with production capacity of 11.25 million tons, and 138 lines in 2010, with production capacity of 14.24Mt.
"China will continue eliminating outdated production facilities, including small thermal power generating units with a combined capacity of 13mkW, and facilities with 50Mt of cement, 6Mt of steel and 14Mt of iron," said Li Pumin, the spokesman for the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
To protect the environment and save energy, China had shut down 29.4Mt of outdated iron smelting capacity and 15.21Mt of outdated steel smelting capacity as of the end of November.
"The government will make full use of tax, fiscal and financial policies to push forward energy-saving and pollution-cutting goals," added Li.