Chemicals plant ready - THE first production base of Rhodia Speciality Chemicals co ltd in South China will come into full production at Gaolan Port Economic Zone by the end of the month with capacity of 100,000 tonnes. Capable of producing nearly 40 various surfactants and speciality chemicals, the first phase of the Zhuhai plant will provide specialty chemicals and one-stop services for personal and home care.
Rhodia is part of the Solvay Group, an international industrial company offering a broad range of products and solutions that contribute to improving quality of life.
With 65 plants worldwide and sales of 6.17 billion euros in 2011, the company is a leader in the development and production of specialty chemicals.
More than 20 products are being produced in its No1 workshop, and nearly same varieties of products will roll off the production line in the No2 workshop, which is to come into trial production soon, according to the general manager, Yuan Yulin.
Air quality fine
THE 2011 Zhuhai Environmental Quality Status was released last Tuesday -- World Environment Day -- which is celebrated worldwide every June 5 to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action.
Ambient air quality was fine, the air pollution index remained excellent, and mean pollutant concentration last year met National Ambient Air Quality Standards. There were 201 days with Level-1 air quality and 164 days at Level-2, accounting for 55.07 and 44.93 percent of the year.
Meanwhile, the average measurement of environmental noise was 55.1db and the urban road traffic exposure noise was 68db, meeting the national examination standard.
The real-time air quality report containing monitoring data through stations in Jida, Qianshan, Tangjia areas and Doumen District, was also launched that day.
The stations mainly monitor sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3), breathable particulate matter (MP10) and fine-particulate matter (PM2.5).
Gaolan Port hopping
THE Gaolan Port multi-purpose public terminal handled 10,452teus in May, setting a record for single-month container throughput and becoming the city’s first domestic-trade ship container terminal with throughput exceeding 10,000teus a month, according to Zhuhai Port Gaolan co ltd.
Year-on-year growth of container shipments throughput in the port reached 138 percent in the first four months, compared to nationwide growth of 8 percent.
The throughput of containers at Gaolan Port terminal was 30,000teus in 2010 and 63,000teus in 2011, and the figure is expected to top 130,000teus this year, Rong Zheng, vice general manager, revealed.
The terminal opened Zhuhai Port’s first inter-provincial container liner route to the Yangtze River in August 2009, and has built a ripe domestic trade container liner network. It has the most domestic trade routes in Zhuhai.
Container transit will be taken as the core business to boost construction of Zhuhai Port as a container main port on the west bank of the Pearl River Estuary and drive the economic development and industrial upgrade of interior areas of the Xijiang River basin, Rong noted.
Investment on the rise
DOMESTIC investment increased by 90.8 percent to 7.89 billion yuan ($1.24 billion) in the first five months, with 20 projects having investment exceeding 50 million yuan ($7.85 million), six more than last year.
Meanwhile, actually imported foreign capital grew by 44.5 percent to top $570 million. Some $410 million is contracted foreign capital, up 95.2 percent from last year, while the number of newly invested projects grew to 76, up 28.8 percent.
Zhuhai has 29 central SOEs investing 113 billion yuan ($17.75 billion) in 43 projects, and 36 World Top 500 Enterprises spending $7.55 billion building 80 projects. Moreover, a number of projects valued at 50 billion yuan ($7.85 billion) are under negotiation.
Dramatic win for Han Han
HAN Han of Shanghai VW 333 Racing took a dramatic win in the second round of the China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) at the Zhuhai International Circuit (ZIC) last weekend. Ford drivers Rainey He and Jiang Tengyi finished second and third.
The four Volkswagen Polos of Shanghai VW 333 Racing were penalised before the race and made to start from the 16th to 19th place on the grid, as they hadn't finished changing their tyres before the start of the formation lap. Volkswagen driver Han Han had claimed pole, but due to the error of his team, was forced to start 16th.
Andy Yan of Chang'an Ford FRD Team led the race until the second lap, when his Focus ran off into the gravel and he was forced to retire. Han Han made quick progress from the start, and was up to second place by Lap 5.
Fan Guo Xian of Chang'an Ford FRD Team retired from the race on the same lap after a crash with Guo Hua Yang of Shanghai VW 333 Racing.
Han fought harder in the later stage. He passed race leader Rainey He on Lap 9 and pulled out a lead, taking his first victory of 2012 and the first for Shanghai VW 333 Racing this year.
The third round of the 2012 CTCC will be held on June 17 at the Changdu International Circuit.
- Zhuhai Daily