A Slight Increase to Coke Production This Year
Source: www.mlr.gov.cn Citation: www.chinamining.com.cn Date: Feb. 27, 2014
On the 2013 coking industry information conference and 2014 market operation seminar, Cui Pijiang, chairman of China coking industry association, said China’s coking industry maintained a steady development in 2013, and it would remain stable this year. Besides, there would be a slight increase to the coke production, and the top priority would still be improvement of operation quality and efficiency.
Statistics show that in 2013, 709 million tons of cast iron were produced in China, 6.2% up from a year earlier. Coke production increased to 476 million tons, 8.1% up, faster than that of cast iron. Due to the cancellation of the coke export tariffs, the coke export growth was quite evident.
Coking production capacity growth promoted the standard of technical equipment and optimized the industrial structure. According to the statistics from China coking industry association, in 2013, the country put 43 new coke ovens into production and the coke production capacity increased by 26.6 million tons. By the end of 2013, the production capacity of large and medium-sized coking chambers over 5.5 meters high in China added up to 250 million tons, accounting for more than 40% of the total output of the traditional machine coke ovens.
In recent 3 years, although the coking industry has been making modest profit in general, about 40% enterprises incurred losses a year. The management efficiency of independent coking enterprises is polarizing. In areas of high coke consumption, coking enterprises with a good job on coke oven gas utilization and petrochemical product recycling and processing made a good profit last year.
In 2014, coking industry has entered the era when transformation and upgrading, energy conservation and emission reduction along with quality and efficiency improvement are given more and more priority. It is facing a lot of difficulties and problems, mainly embodied in five aspects. First, the guarantee of cheap factor supply decreased. Second, constraints from resource utilization and environmental protection enhanced obviously. Third, the task to digest the excess production capacity and eliminate backward production capacity is difficult. Fourth, the enterprise management is extensive, independent innovation ability is not strong and all kinds of talents are in shortage. Fifth, the environment for coking industry to exist and develop needs improving. (Liu Jin) (Translated by TLRHVC)
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