ICI Pakistan soda ash expansion by March 2009

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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