Energy Insider: Ansteel Wins Approval to Acquire Bengang Group
In today’s Caixin energy news wrap: China’s crude steel output fell 8.4% in July amid production limits; SASAC urges SOEs to expand scientific innovation; national railroad operator unit debuts on ChiNext Board; China Power’s first half net profit rises 17%; Beijing outlines plan to promote hydrogen energy industry
Ansteel wins approval to acquire Bengang Group
Bengang Group said the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) approved the combination of Ansteel and Bengang Group. The controlling shareholder of Bengang Group – Liaoning’s SASAC – will transfer 51% of the steelmaker to Ansteel. The move signals the government stepping up consolidation of the steel sector. The merger will form the largest steelmaker in northeastern China and the world’s third-largest behind China’s Baowu and Luxembourg’s ArcelorMittal.
Sinopec’s Gulei refining complex starts first-phase operation
The Gulei Refining complex, a 50-50 joint venture of Sinopec’s Fujian Petrochemical Co. Ltd. and Taiwan Xuteng Investment Co. Ltd., started first-phase operation in Zhangzhou, a city in China’s Southeastern Fujian province, Sinopec said Thursday in a statement. With an investment of 27.8 billion yuan ($4.3 billion) for the first phase, the plant aims to produce high-end chemical products, including polypropylene, ethylene glycol and styrene. The complex is part of efforts to step up refinery integration between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits. China's ethylene production capacity will grow strongly this year as a wave of new capacity comes online.
SASAC urges SOEs to expand scientific innovation
The State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) told centrally administered state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to integrate into the country’s basic research and applied innovation systems and make breakthroughs on core technology research for industrial machine tools, high-end chips, new materials and other products, officials said at a SASAC meeting. SOEs need to strengthen their roles in industry chains, the commission said. China will promote optimization and structural adjustment of state-owned capital and build new central SOE groups to boost the development of strategic emerging industries.
China’s crude steel production fell 8.4% in July amid production limits
China’s output of crude steel totaled 86.79 million tons in July, down 7.6% from June and 8.4% from a year earlier as authorities stepped up efforts to reduce steel production to meet carbon neutrality goals. Since June, several major steel production provinces including Gansu, Anhui and Shandong issued local targets for reductions. Hebei province, China’s largest steel production base, has yet to publish a formal plan but needs to cut crude steel production capacity by 16% during the second half to meet a target of reducing output by 21.7 million tons this year.
National railroad operator unit debuts on ChiNext Board
Gemac Engineering Machinery Co. Ltd. (301048.SZ), a subsidiary of China State Railway Group Co. Ltd., debuted on the Nasdaq-like ChiNext board in Shenzhen Wednesday in a 551 million yuan ($84.9 million) initial public offering (IPO). Gemac’s share price jumped 336% on the first trading day but closed down 14.33% Thursday at 15.42 yuan. The IPO is part of China Railway’s broader plan to bring more private capital into the sector as the buildup of a national high-speed rail network has left the company with a heavy debt burden. Other China Railway units including Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway Co. Ltd. (601816. SH) and Beijing Tieke Shougang Railway-Tech Co. Ltd.(688569.SH) also went public last year.
China Power’s first-half net profit rises 17%
Hong Kong-listed electric utility China Power International Development Ltd. reported a net profit of 1.37 billion yuan ($211 million) in the first half, a year-on-year increase of 16.98%. The company’s operating revenue rose 26.71% to 16.54 billion yuan. The company attributed the growth to an accelerated release of capacity from its renewable energy projects and increased electricity sales. The company’s power sales in the first half reached 49.44 million megawatt-hours, an increase of 23.67% from a year earlier, with wind power up 40.91% and photovoltaic electricity by 54.06%.
HBIS net profit surges on steel price increases
HBIS Co. Ltd. (000709.SZ), the country’s second-biggest steel producer, reported net profit of 1.52 billion yuan ($234 million) in the first half, up 121.63% from a year earlier, on rising steel prices. Revenue rose 48.76% to 75.03 billion yuan.
Beijing Shougang reports 556% first-half net profit rise
Beijing Shougang Co. Ltd. (000959.SZ) reported a 556.25% jump Thursday in first-half net profit to 3.43 billion yuan ($528 million). In addition to rising steel prices, the company attributed the stronger profitability to increased sales as the second phase of Shougang Jingtang was put into operation.
NDRC urges local authorities to take action to meet energy targets
China will curb development of projects that have high energy intensity and are highly polluting as many regions struggle to meet energy targets for the year, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said Tuesday at a press conference. Nine provinces in China, including Guangdong, Yunnan and Jiangsu, experienced year-on-year increases in energy consumption in the first half. The NDRC urged local authorities to take effective measures to meet the annual energy consumption and carbon emission targets. Meanwhile, the commission will improve the mechanism for controlling energy consumption and will roll out a three-year plan to guide local authorities on curbing the expansion of high energy-consuming and high polluting projects.
Beijing outlines plan to promote hydrogen energy industry
Beijing mapped out an ambitious plan to develop the hydrogen energy industry over the next five years, according to a development plan issued Monday by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Economic and Information Technology. The plan laid out major tasks for industrial chains and relevant applications. Under the plan, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region would achieve a cumulative scale of hydrogen energy industry chain valued at more than 100 billion yuan ($15.4 billion) by 2025 and cut emissions by 2 million tons. The city would have more than 10,000 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and 37 hydrogen fueling stations by then, it said.
Coal mining industry sees higher concentration
With coal mining companies speeding up mergers and reorganizations, industrial concentration in China’s coal industry has increased significantly, according to the China National Coal Association (CNCA). The top eight coal mining companies produced a combined 1.86 billion tons of coal in 2020, contributing 47.75% of the country’s total coal output, 6% more than a year earlier. Meanwhile, the number of companies producing 10 million tons of coal dropped from seven to six during the same period. The industry will continue to increase concentration, shrinking the number of coal mines to 4,000 by the end of 2025, according to guidelines for coal industry development during the 14th Five-Year Plan issued by the CNCA in June.
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