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Gulei (Chinese: 古雷; pinyin: Gǔléi; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kó͘-lûi; literally: "old thunder") is a town in Zhangpu County in the far south of Fujian province, China. It lies on a long peninsula, also called Gulei, which projects into the Taiwan Strait, enclosing the Zhang River estuary / Dongshan Bay to its east. The town is the furthest south of any in Zhangpu, one of its villages (called Gulei) being only 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the main island of Dongshan.
Gulei in the News
China's Environmental Protection Ministry on January 9, 2009, allowed the construction in Gulei of a two-plant chemical project : a Tenglong (腾龙)(DAC - Dragon Aromatics Co.) company factory to produce p- (meaning para-) xylene, and a Xianglu (翔鹭) company factory to use said p-xylene to produce Polyethylene terephthalate.
Tenglong is partly, and Xianglu wholly owned by Chen Youhao. Both companies have factories in Xiamen's Haicang District. Residents' protests there in June 2007 forced the two-plant project to cease construction and move elsewhere. The delay and the move, together with a new 830 million to meet pollution control guidelines, have apparently added RMB 3 billion to the investment, which in 2007 was stated to be 10.8 billion.
In 2008 thousands of people in Gulei town and in neighbouring Dongshan county protested the coming construction. Zhangzhou municipal authorities insisted they had exaggerated the impact of the chemical project and did not understand the economic benefits it could bring.
In January 2012, first operation of precommisioning are lunched.
In April 2015, the plant suffered from an explosion and fires, caused by an oil leak; after two days, they fires were extinguished.
Notes and references
- South China Morning Post, Environmental Chiefs Approve .., by Shi Jiangtao and Kristine Kwok, 2009 Jan 14.