Producers in north China to trial winter peak shifts

Producers in north China to trial winter peak shifts
Published: 18 November 2015

Tagged Under: China production Environmental 

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has unveiled a document to ask cement enterprises in northern China to carry out peak-shifting production on a trial basis in winter. The peak-shifting production in the domestic cement industry will help not only ease the haze, but also enhance climate in the cement market and reduce producers' costs, said industry contacts.

It is reported that due to the fierce market competition, cement enterprises in north China would produce cement clinker at full capacity in winter in an effort to seize the market opportunity when the heating supplies end and building operations start. However, in summer, a season conducive to cement production, many companies are forced to produce at half capacity due to the glut of cement supplies.

As the cement industry is a high energy-consumption industry, the overlap of the cement production and the heating supply in winter will increase coal consumption and lead to haze in north China, said analysts.

If the peak-shifting production was carried out in winter for four months, about 4.36Mt of coal consumption and 177.4bnm3 of flue gas emissions would be cut in the whole northern area, which is expected to help improve the local environment.

Meanwhile, the peak-shifting production would also help ease overcapacity in the cement industry.

After the peak-shifting production, cement enterprises in north China and northeast China will suspend production for four to five months in winter and the overcapacity rate in the domestic cement industry will fall to a range between 16 and 21 per cent from the current 51 per cent, which would help enhance the industrial climate.