SHANGHAI Jan 8 China's biggest steelmaking
province Hebei plans to slash 31.86 million tonnes of steel and
ironmaking capacity for this year, the official Xinhua news
agency quoted a provincial official as saying on Sunday.
Hebei, a province in the north of the country near the
capital Beijing, accounts for nearly a quarter of China's total
steel output and has pledged to cut steel capacity by 31.17
million tonnes by 2017 and by 49.13 million tonnes by 2020.
Xinhua reported Hebei provincial governor Zhang Qingwei as
saying in a government work paper that Hebei is aiming to
eliminate 15.62 million tonnes of steel capacity, 16.24 million
tonnes of ironmaking capacity by the end of this year.
Hebei had cut 14.62 million tonnes of steel capacity by the
end of October, achieving 2016's target of 14.22 million tonnes
ahead of schedule.
Zhang also said four "zombie firms" in Heibei would be shut
down this year. He did not specify which firms.
"(The) process of reducing all ironmaking and steel
production capacity in cities of Langfang, Baoding and
Zhangjiakou will be accelerated this year," Zhang was quoted as
In addition, there are plans to cut 7.42 million tonnes of
coal capacity, 1.1 million tonnes of cement capacity and an
additional 5 million weight cases of flat glass in 2017.
Tangshan, China's biggest steel producing city, which is in
Hebei province, aims to close 8.6 million tonnes of steel
capacity in 2017, the local government said on Thursday, part of
its efforts to "upgrade" its highly-polluting heavy industrial
(Reporting by Winni Zhou and Alexandra Harney. Editing by Jane