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Several of China's Shandong-based refineries will need to cut their operating rates to lessen emissions to ensure cleaner air and blue-sky for an upcoming regional summit in Qingdao on 9-11 June.
The province, one of China's biggest chemicals bases, had this year set out a target to halve the number of petrochemical parks to 100 and close 20% of its 4,930 chemical plants as part of the government's efforts to slash environmental pollution levels.
Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO)-a political, economic and security organisation comprising China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan- will be holding their 18th summit in the coastal city.
Heads of governments of the eight number countries- plus four countries that have observer status-will be leading delegations comprising senior ministers and officials to attend the forthcoming summit.
On such high profile events, local governments usually request factories in polluting sectors like steel and chemical to cut or halt productios.
Temporary restrictions on traffic and logistics are also put in place to ensure security for the event and to improve the air quality.
Qingdao port will ban oil tankers from loading/unloading at its ducks during 6-11 June. Therefore, most Shangdong refineries have increased purchase and storage of crude since last month to avoid production disruption.
On road transportation, during 6-12 June, trucks without Qingdao plates will not be allowed to enter the summit's host city, local plate trucks will need a special pass for the entrance, Qingdao transportation aotuority announced.
Besides refineries several petrochemical plants could be shut as a result, including those producing melamine, lique expoxy resins, propylene oxide(PO) and methyl ethyl ketone(MEK).
In recent years China has intensified its anti-pollution campaign, in line with its commitment to reduce the overall greenhouse gas emissions of the world's second-biggest economy.
Stricter government-led inspections for environmental compliance have resulted in massive shutdowns of small factories.
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