Ningbo government shutting APP China’s 600,000 tonne/yr cartonboard mill to cut air pollution (RISI)

The Ningbo city government is planning to shut down APP China’s 600,000 tonne/yr cartonboard mill there to reduce air pollution.

The mill, run by APP China subsidiary Ningbo Zhonghua Paper, has three cartonboard PMs.

PM 1 started up in 1988, and has a capacity of around 70,000 tonnes/yr of grayback coated duplex board.

PMs 2 and 3 make coated ivory board. The two Voith units were fired up in 1996 and 1997 respectively.

PM 2 has a capacity of around 260,000 tonnes/yr, and PM 3 can make the grade at a rate of around 270,000 tonnes/yr.

Ningbo, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, has been growing quickly.

The mill, located in the city’s Yinzhou District, is now close to the city center, and its emissions have led to complaints from local residents.

In 2014, local authorities announced a four-year plan to tackle the air pollution issue.

The city has specified that some offending plants should be shut down or relocated by 2017.

For the Ningbo Zhonghua mill, the authorities propose to permanently retire PM 1, and relocate the two bigger PMs.

A source close to the firm said that mill’s shutdown plan is under discussion, and PMs 2 and 3 may be moved to another APP China’s mill in the same city.

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