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China's top steelmaking city set to deepen output curbs over summer

Reuters  |  BEIJING 

(Reuters) - The top Chinese city of has ordered mills, coke producers and utilities to cut output further this summer, according to a document from the city government, the latest step to curb in one of the country's most polluted areas.

The move to deepen cuts in emissions will last for six weeks from July 20 until Aug. 31, according to the document, which was reviewed by That will be in addition to 10-15 percent capacity cuts imposed from March to November.

The document did not instruct factories to cut output by a certain amount, but told the city's local districts to set their own detailed plans for curbing production by July 13.

The curbs mark one of the latest steps in Beijing's 'war on pollution' as it pushes to clear the country's notoriously polluted skies.

"Sintering machines and blast furnaces will be major targets of production cuts in the sector and could be at as much as 50 percent depending on emission levels at mills," an department of told by phone. He declined to be identified as he is not authorised to talk to media.

Sintering is a process where iron ore is heated into a mass as a precursor to making

Factories located outside the city centre that have completed steps such as "environmental upgrades" will not need to cut production by as much as some other sites, according to the document.

produced 91.2 million tonnes of crude in 2017, accounting for 11 percent of the country's total

Analysts at industrial data provider expect the latest restrictions in to reduce production by up to 150,000 tonnes of a day.

Production curbs will also be imposed on other industries that consume large amounts of power or cause relatively high levels of emissions such as the and glass sectors, the government said in the document.

The city aims to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 31 percent, nitrogen dioxide emissions by 21 percent and carbon monoxide emissions by 24 percent by the end of August compared to average emission levels in the first-half of 2018.

(Reporting by and Josephine Mason; Editing by Joseph Radford)

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 10:23 IST
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