Turkey to become a major soda ash force by 2015

While Turkey’s Eti Soda AS is to commence work on expanding natural soda ash production capacity at Beypazari, 80km north-west of Ankara, its majority partner, Ciner Group has started a major development at the nearby Kazan trona deposit, having recently acquired the reserves from Rio Tinto Plc.

Sinan Solaklar, sales and marketing director for Eti Soda, told IM: “We shall become a crucial player in the soda ash market once our projects are finished.”

Eti Soda is expected to start work this month on expanding its soda ash plant capacity from the existing 1m. tpa capacity, to 1.7m. tpa dense soda ash, in addition to 100,000 tpa sodium bicarbonate.

The Beypazari expansion is scheduled to be operational in 2013.

In 2010, its first year of production, Eti Soda, a joint venture between privately owned by Ciner Group (74%) and state-owned Eti Maden (26%), already put down a significant marker in the European soda ash supply market by meeting its forecast output of almost 1m. tpa of natural dense soda ash and 100,000 tpa of sodium bicarbonate.

“2010 was a very important year for us to get the product right. Customers are now...

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Mike O'Driscoll

Alex Feytis

April 28, 2011

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