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Methanol plant on the Taman Peninsula, Russia


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.

On the May 18, 2012 the NGO “Vosrozhdenie Tamani” (Revival of Taman region) sent a request to the organization “Public Environmental Council” by the Governor of Krasnodar Region with a request to check the legitimacy of the project because of the large potential environmental burden.

Shortly thereafter residents of the Taman Peninsula started collecting signatures on a petition against the construction of the plant. A protest against the project took place in the settlement Temrjuk on the 5th of June 2012. About three thousand citizens were participating in the protest.

On the 27th of June 2012 the “Public Environmental Council” published the "Official decision" in which it asked the regional administration to take all necessary measures to stop the project due to the "critical environmental and social situation".

On the 17th of September the contractor company "Sintes-Jug" announced that it cancels the project because of the high pressure of the active social protest movement on the company and the investors.

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 DetailsRequired space: 72 ha

Output: 10 million tons of methanol per year
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”
http://www.dprgek.ru/upload/iblock/76c/76c64fdb6f56133720365215f044115b.pdf

Links

Online newspaper "Eco-Pravda" (a newspaper publishing articles on environmental problems and conflicts): an article regarding social protest movement and it's success
http://www.eco-pravda.ru/page.php?id=4633

Online newspaper "Seleny Mir" ("Green World"): an article about project cancellation
http://zmdosie.ru/proekty/podrobnosti/1079-tamantsy-otbilis-ot-metanolovogo-zavoda

Internet-portal of the Taman Peninsula. The article says that the project was approved without informing citizens
http://temruk.info/novosti-goroda-i-rayona/vtayne-ot-zhiteley-v-temryukskom-rayone-vedetsya-podgotovka-k-stroitelstvu-metanolovogo-zavoda.html

Other Documents

Protest on the 5th of June 2012 The poster says "No future"
https://file.ejatlas.org/docs/02.jpg

Protest on the 5th of June 2012 "We say "No" to the chemical plant construction"
https://file.ejatlas.org/docs/ingressimage_IMG_1982.JPG

Meta Information

ContributorNatalia Finogenova
Last update09/02/2015

Images

 

Protest on the 5th of June 2012

The poster says "No future"

Protest on the 5th of June 2012

"We say "No" to the chemical plant construction"