10:00 | 18.10.2017
CRU: China’s Environmental Regulations Will Force Nitrogen Plant Closures

LONDON, October 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Environmental regulations in China will expedite nitrogen plant closures, lower operating rates and cause a tightening demand/supply balance. (Logo: ) We expect to see an increase in costs across the coal based nitrogen producers, lowering urea exports out of China and raising the global urea price floor. From January 2016 through September 2017, the Chinese central government has implemented four rounds of environmental inspections. 24,700 plants have been levied an aggregate fine of $185 million and over 1,400 people were detained for breaking the environmental protection standards. The wide coverage and strict measures taken during the environmental inspections has instigated broader concerns in the fertilizer industry. During the 2016-17 environmental inspections, some fertilizer plants were found violating the environmental requirements and forced to shut down, unless they implemented improvements on environmental protection and fulfilled the requisite environmental regulations. The majority of fertilizer plants that were penalised by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) have been approved to restart production after making necessary improvements in environmental protection. Read the full story:   Read more about CRU: About CRU   CRU offers unrivalled business intelligence on the global metals, mining and fertilizer industries through market analysis, price assessments, consultancy and events. Since our foundation in 1969, we have consistently invested in primary research and robust methodologies, and developed expert teams in key locations worldwide, including in hard-to-reach markets such as China. CRU employs over 250 experts and has more than 10 offices around the world, in Europe, the Americas, China, Asia and Australia – our office in Beijing opened in 2004. When facing critical business decisions, you can rely on this first-hand knowledge to give you a complete view on a commodity market. And you can engage with our experts directly, for the full picture and a personalised response. CRU – big enough to deliver a high quality service, small enough to care about all of our customers.



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