Copper Smelting Project of Zijin Mining Group in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang, China

Thousands of people took to the streets of Qiqihar in September 2016 to protest against a planned copper smelting plant near their homes.


Description

Fularji is a district of Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the three north-eastern provinces of China (Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang) has become the key base for heavy industry development, and the Fularji region has become one of the first generation industrial development zones in China. [1]

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Basic Data
NameCopper Smelting Project of Zijin Mining Group in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang, China
CountryChina
ProvinceHeilongjiang
SiteFularji District, Qiqihar City
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Industrial and Utilities conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Mineral processing
Metal refineries
Specific CommoditiesCopper
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsTotal Investment : 4,000,000,000 CNY ≈ 615,384,615 USD

Construction Investment : 1,800,000,000 CNY ≈ 276,923,077 USD

Environmental Protection Investment : 326,000,000 CNY ≈ 50,153,846 USD

Planned Annual Capacity after completion: 50,000 tons of metal

Floor Space: 42 hectare

Annual Output Value: 7,000,000,000 CNY ≈ 1076,923,076 USD [2][5]

The estimated affected population is the whole population in Fularji District according to Baidu Baike. (https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%AF%8C%E6%8B%89%E5%B0%94%E5%9F%BA%E5%8C%BA)
Project Area (in hectares)42
Level of Investment (in USD)615,384,615
Type of PopulationUrban
Potential Affected Population256,159
Start Date19/09/2016
Company Names or State EnterprisesHeilongjiang Dobaoshan Copper co., Ltd. ( Dobaoshan Copper) from China - 80% shares
Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd. (Zijin Mining) from China - Investor, owner and operator of the project
Relevant government actors-Fularji District Government
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingNeighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Waste overflow, Noise pollution
Health ImpactsPotential: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Occupational disease and accidents, Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Other Health impacts
OtherPotential exposure to industrial pollution
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Outcome
Project StatusUnder construction
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseRepression
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.This project is still under construction. In the Government Work Report of Qiqihar in 2017, there is still a plan to commence the construction of the Zijin Copper Industry Park resume economic growth.
Sources and Materials
References

[7]中国重大环境案例回顾:紫金矿业水污染案 (accessed on 02-10-2018)
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Links

[2]冶铜污企落户黑省 民众抗议遭镇压 (accessed on 02-10-2018)
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[10]Credit where it’s due (2) (accessed on 03-10-2018)
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[4]黑龙江紫金铜业有限公司简介 (accessed on 02-10-2018)
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[3]齐齐哈尔市长李玉刚会见紫金矿业董事长陈景河 (accessed on 02-10-2018)
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[1]富拉尔基区——维基百科 (accessed on 02-10-2018)
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[12]齐齐哈尔2017年政府工作报告 (accessed on 03-10-2018)
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[8] Mining for data (accessed on 2018-09-20)
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[5]紫金10万吨铜冶炼项目落户齐齐哈尔 (accessed on 02-10-2018)
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[6]紫金矿业为何铤而走险 (accessed on 02-10-2018)
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[11]Thousands Protest Planned Copper Smelting Plant in China's Heilongjiang (accessed on 03-10-2018)
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[9] 在秘鲁遭民众武力袭击的紫金矿业集团公司 (accessed on 2018-09-20)
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[13]有泄漏纪录的紫金矿业 黑省投产遭万人抗议(视频)(accessed on 09-10-2018)
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[14]黑龙江数千人聚集抵制污染企业 遭千警镇压 (accessed on 09-10-2018)
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Media Links

Residents of Qiqihar Protest against Zijin Mining
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Other Documents

Residents of Qiqihar Protest Against Zijin Mining [14] 4,000-5,000 people gathered in front of the government of Fularji district.
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Residents of Qiqihar Protest Against Zijin Mining [14] 4,000-5,000 people gathered in front of the government of Fularji district
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The Armed Police Suppress the Protesters [13] The Fularji district government mobilized thousands of police officers from neighboring counties to the scene and began to suppress.
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Residents of Qiqihar Protest against Zijin Mining [13] Some people protested for a full day, holding banners with "Zijin Mining get out of Fularji District !" .
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Last update10/10/2018
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