25 April 2013 04:05 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Turkey’s Eti Soda plans to start production at its trona-based soda ash plant at Beypazari in Central Anatolia in April or May 2014 after completing its expansion works, company source said on Thursday.
Works are ongoing to expand the plant’s capacity to 1.7m tonnes/year from the current 1m tonnes/year.
“The soda ash plant capacity will be expanded to 1.7m tonnes/year in about 10 months’ time and we aim to start production at the expanded capacity in April or May 2014,” the company source said.
The official added that it could not yet ascertain whether the plant will be operated at full capacity next year or whether it will be a gradual increase of operating rates.
The company is planning to expand its soda ash market share in southeast Asia and has been shipping soda ash cargoes to southeast Asia and Japan.
The official added that the company typically loads up to 10,000-12,000 tonnes of soda ash per shipment from their port owing to facility constraints.
However, investments into port facility improvements may enable the company to load 20,000-25,000 tonnes of soda ash per shipment, he said.
Eti Soda, which is a company of Ciner Group, operates the second largest trona (natural soda ash) ore bed in the world.
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