We only produce Soda Ash from naturally occurring underground ore, called trona, which is more environmentally friendly than alternative synthetic production methods, which use significantly more energy and water, and produce significantly more CO2 and solid waste. We operate the three lowest cost production facilities in the world – at Eti Soda and Kazan Soda in Turkey, and at Ciner Wyoming in the USA.
We are the only company in the world to use innovative solution mining technology to mine trona at our Eti Soda and Kazan Soda facilities.
This patented production method injects heated water into the underground ore body, which then dissolves the trona forming brine solution. The brine is then extracted to the surface, and pumped to a central processing facility.
Kazan Soda Elektrik mining facility will provide the trona solution (brine) which is the raw material of the process plant. The trona reserves, which lie at an average depth of 600 meters underground, will be dissolved with hot water injection to the production wells, which will form trona solution (brine). Kazan Soda Elektrik owns the second biggest trona reserve in the world.
The trona (sodium sesquicarbonate Na2CO3 NaHCO3 2H2O), which is found in the Kazan and Sincan districts of Ankara, is mined by solution mining, a safe and environmentally friendly mining technique. The trona solution, i.e., brine which is subjected to monohydrate process in the production lines of Kazan Soda Elektrik process unit will be converted into Dense Soda Ash and Sodium Bicarbonate products, and 2.5 million tons of Dense Soda Ash and 200,000 tons of Sodium Bicarbonate will be produced annually. These products will be exported to different parts of the world, priory to Europe.
The facility of Kazan Soda Elektrik Uretim Inc. will include a natural gas cogeneration power plant with a capacity of 379 MWe. Excess electric power generated will be utilized for contributing to the domestic power distribution grid.