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Kazakhstan To Produce Soda Ash

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 11:37

Kazakhstan intends to build a plant that will produce soda ash, which is a raw material used in the manufacture of flat glass. This facility will be located near the city of Pavlodar (Kyzylorda Province), at a production site owned by “Pavlodar Soda.” The new plant will operate on the basis of the enterprise “Araltuz,” which has been specializing in production and processing of salt for more than 90 years. Salt is an important raw material component in the process of production of soda ash.


The second factor influencing the choice of the venue for the enterprise is that there are deposits of limestone in the vicinity of Pavlodar, the second component required in the production of soda ash.


In accordance with the original project, the annual capacity of the future plant is 100,000 tons. In the future, plans are afoot to increase the production volumes to 200,000 tons per year.


The project will cost about KZT40 billion. According to the heads of “Pavlodar Soda,” construction of the plant will be fully financed by borrowed funds. In addition, this year the regional authorities plan to allocate about KZT700 million from the budget for support of this project.


According to the calculations, the new plant will reach the final design capacity in 2020. The enterprise will create about 400 jobs.


At present, Kazakhstan's annual demand for the said raw materials is estimated at 400,000-500,000 tons. They are completely satisfied by imports from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The commissioning of a facility for soda ash production at “Pavlodar Soda” in Kyzylorda Province will allow to replace up to 50 percent of the imports.

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