19 June 2008 08:54 [Source: ICIS news]SINGAPORE (ICISnews)--ICI Pakistan will complete expansion of its 285,000 tonne/year soda ash production facility in Khewra by March 2009, a source familiar with the situation said on the sidelines of the 12th Asian Chlor-alkali Conference on Thursday.
The expansion, which began early last year, will increase production by another 65,000 tonnes, taking the plant’s total nameplate capacity to 350,000 tonnes/year.
This would allow the company to meet the strong domestic demand in Pakistan, estimated to be growing at 6%/year, the source added.
The Khewra plant currently produces 25,000 tonnes/year of sodium bicarbonate, 200,000 tonnes/year of dense grade soda ash and 60,000 tonnes/year of light grade soda ash.
British chemical group ICI owns 75% of ICI Pakistan, which supplies around 70% of the country’s total requirement for the commodity.
The two-day conference, organised by ICIS and Tecnon, will end on Friday.
Hong Chou Hui contributed to this article
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