Production resumed at controversial Fujia Petrochemical PX plant in Dalian, shut since August?

16-Jan-12
The controversial Fujia Petrochemical PX plant in Dalian is believed to have quietly resumed production just months after officials promised to halt operations and move the facility, as per The Guardian. The plant was shut down after more than 10,000 people took to the streets in August 2011 to demand its relocation on public safety grounds. In a bid to placate the urban, middle-class crowd, Dalian city leaders announced that they would move the factory to an industrial park on Xizhong Island. But there are growing fears that the authorities are back-tracking. Is it possible that the authorities are having second thoughts because the factory has been licensed for several years and its closure would result in a significant loss of income and a large compensation payout for breach of contract. The US$1.5 bln plant is jointly owned by the city and the private company, Fujia. It is one of the 10 biggest factories in Dalian, generating tax revenues of almost £200 mln a year. The Fujia petrochemical plant has the capacity to produce 700,000 tpa of paraxylene (PX).
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