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Disputed chemical plant moved to island
By Qin Zhongwei (
Updated: 2009-08-11 11:45

A controversial chemical plant to be built by a joint venture between Kuwait Petrolium and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) will be located on Donghai Island, in the suburbs of Zhanjiang city in Guangdong province, the Beijing Times reported Tuesday.

The plant was originally going to be built in Nansha, near Guangzhou, but construction never began because of intense local opposition and environmental concerns. It was not clear whether any of the environmental issues that originally delayed construction have since been addressed.

Sinopec also said on Monday that the amount of total investment in the plant will rise from US$5 billion to US$9 billion, but the Chinese oil giant did not give a reason for the increase.