News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

June 12, 2012

Nigerian representatives urge refinery shutdown due to carbon black emissions

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 1:51 pm

Nigeria’s House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum, Downstream, has advised the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to shut down the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, WRPC, due to the persistent emissions of carbon black on the environment. Notch Consulting data put capacity at the carbon black unit at 18,000 tonnes/year, but industry sources had indicated that the carbon black unit was operating only sporadically for at least the last several years. (It is possible, in other words, that the emissions are not originating in the carbon black unit.)

The Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum, Downstream, Hon. Dakuku Peterside, made the call to shut the refinery in a statement after a meeting with stakeholders over the lingering crisis between the refinery and the Ekpan community. The call followed a petition written to the committee, entitled, “A Save Our Soul Appeal” written by Ajomata/Awhakpor Landlords Association of Ekpan, dated May 24. In the petition to the committee were urged to sanction NNPC over the life-threatening carbon black soot being emitted into their environment.

According to the landlords, “This appeal was necessitated by the reckless emissions of dangerous carbon black soot/chemicals into our environment on a daily basis without due care and keeping to international best practices. Our continuous appeals in writing and physical visitation to the management of the said company and their supervising Ministry of Petroleum over the years have been ignored, as they have never replied any of our letters nor stopped the life-threatening nuisance that their emissions have become.”

After a comprehensive meeting with all the relevant stakeholders which included the people of Ajomata/Awhakpor community; NNPC; the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR; Ministry of the Environment; National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency, NESREA; the Environmental Rights Action, ERA, and the committee leaders, the lawmakers called for the suspension of operations at the plant.

TC Debica cutting tire production in Poland

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 1:33 am

From Rubber & Plastics News comes word that TC Debica S.A. has announced a plan to cut production of consumer and agricultural tires at its plant in Debica, Poland, the second time this year it has reduced output. The company, which is majority owned by Goodyear, will reduce production by another 4% for passenger tires and about 6% for farm tires in reaction to reduced orders from Goodyear. Debica’s management board said Goodyear, the key exporter of its tires, cited weak demand in the European markets.

In March, Debica announced it would cut production of truck tires by about 10% and agricultural tires by 4.5% compared with a schedule prepared earlier in the year.

China’s tire production up 2.8% in May

Filed under: General, Tires — Notch @ 1:25 am

From European Rubber Journal comes word that China’s tire production rose 2.8% in May, based on data published by China’s National Bureau of Statistics. In the first five months of 2012, China’s production rose to 336 million units, up by 4 percent on the year-before figure.

India car sales up 2.8% in May

Filed under: General — Notch @ 1:22 am

Car sales in India rose an annual 2.8% in May, according to data released by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) on Monday. It was the seventh consecutive monthly increase for car sales but results were far below industry expectations, with demand hit by a hike in excise duty on the vehicles, as well as high interest rates and rising fuel prices. Manufacturers had hoped for a rebound from just 2.2% sales growth in the year that ended in March.

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