On October 27th, the 13th China-Korean Petrochemical Conference was held and among the attendants are Mr. Yang Yue, general secretary of Chemical Industry Park Working Committee of CPCIF, and Mr. Ma Congyue, division chief of the Committee. During that time, they paid a visit to the production base of Hanwha Total Chemical, which lies in the West Korea Sea or the Yellow China Sea with the visiting group. The base is far from the city center and its surrounding sea and hills serve as a natural protective screen, which makes it an excellent place for chemical industry.
The delegation visited and learned the PX project emphatically which is suffering from repeated opposition and hindrance at home. Apart from a facility, which has an oil refining capacity of 20 million tons and another one for one million tons of ethylene, another project of 1.7 million tons is going into operation at PX Hanwha Total Chemical, among which capacity 130 tons will be exported to China. Like other major producers of PX in Asia , such as South Korea’s Hyundai Oilbank and SK, Japanese Cosmo and Sun Oil companies, Hanwha Total Chemical’s major market is in China. At present, China’s interdependency rate for imported PX is over 50%. Korea is the leading PX producer in Asia and most of its petrochemical companies are concentrated in the southeast part of it like Guangyu in Weishan, Lishui city in Quanluodao and Dashanyi Petrochemical Park in Zhongqing Nandao. A spokesman from Samsung Total said, “low toxicity projects like PX are not likely to meet with opposition as long as mature pollution control ability is available, so long as a safety commitment is made to the government and a clear explanation is given to the public”.
Now, to get rid of the rumors getting around, it is necessary for the media and the scientific community to voice in a reasonable way and the government is supposed to communicate and exchange ideas with the public. However, there is still a long way to go before alleviating people’s fear for PX projects.