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China Shutting Unauthorized Refining Capacity
China Shutting Unauthorized Refining Capacity

China Shutting Unauthorized Refining Capacity

China Shutting Unauthorized Refining Capacity

China’s state planner said on Friday it will launch a fresh crackdown on oil refiners that expand capacity without official approval, the latest sweeping move by Beijing to curb unfettered growth in fuel output and illicit oil trade. In a statement, the National Development & Reform Commission said it will close refineries with less than 2 million tons per year (40,000 barrels per day) of capacity if they are found to violate regulations, Reuters reported. The penalty for larger refineries will be to curb any expansion projects. In general, there is illegal behavior in capacity building, safety, environmental protection and taxation, the NDRC said. Even so, China’s refineries have been churning out and exporting bumper volumes of diesel and gasoline, in a race for profits. The move comes after the government roiled small chemical plants that sell fuel by cracking down on illegal fuel sellers and introduced environmental controls last summer.

 

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