Methanol plant on the Taman Peninsula, Russia

Stiff opposition to the Methanol plant on the Taman Peninsula in Russia forced Abu Dhabi's companies to withdraw.


Description
On the 1st of February 2012 the protocol of the meeting on the placement of the chemical plant in Temryuk District (Taman Peninsula) was published. According to the protocol, the administration of the region approved the construction of the methanol plant - the largest in Russia. The project is financed by the foreign companies "Universal Business Corporation" and the oil company "ADNOC", both from the United Arab Emirates. The project's contractor is a Russian company, "Sintes-Jug" (ООО Синтез-Юг). The planned capacity is 10 million tons of methanol per year. Because of the high energy demand, a construction of a gas pipeline was also planned.
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Basic Data
NameMethanol plant on the Taman Peninsula, Russia
CountryRussian Federation
SiteTaman settlement
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Industrial and Utilities conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Chemical industries
Specific CommoditiesChemical products
Project Details and Actors
Project Details
Required space: 72 ha
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Project Area (in hectares)72
Level of Investment (in USD)no data
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population10,000
Start Date01/02/2012
End Date17/09/2012
Company Names or State EnterprisesSintes-Jug (ООО Синтез-Юг) from Russian Federation - Contractor
Universal Business Corporation from United Arab Emirates - Contractor
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) from United Arab Emirates - Investor
Relevant government actorsPublic Environmental Council by the Governor of Krasnodar Region
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersNGO “Vosrozhdenie Tamani” (Возрождение Тамани)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of MobilizationOfficial complaint letters and petitions
Street protest/marches
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Soil contamination, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Noise pollution
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Occupational disease and accidents, Other Health impacts
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Displacement, Loss of livelihood
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseProject cancelled
Withdrawal of company/investment
Development of AlternativesNo alternative projects were considered because it was pointed out that there is already a high pressure on the nature of the Taman Peninsula. Any addition project could be a huge environmental burden.
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.This case is a good example of a success of environmental justice: all the protest lead to high attention of the regional administration and also of the investors who withdrew from the project. The project was stopped within half a year.
Sources and Materials
Legislations

The "Official decision" of the “Public Environmental Council”
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Links

Online newspaper "Eco-Pravda" (a newspaper publishing articles on environmental problems and conflicts): an article regarding social protest movement and it's success
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Online newspaper "Seleny Mir" ("Green World"): an article about project cancellation
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Internet-portal of the Taman Peninsula. The article says that the project was approved without informing citizens
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Other Documents

Protest on the 5th of June 2012 The poster says "No future"
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Protest on the 5th of June 2012 "We say "No" to the chemical plant construction"
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ContributorNatalia Finogenova
Last update09/02/2015
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