China: soda industry gets new access criteria

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has released new access criteria for the soda ash industry, which raises the threshold for the launch of new projects in central, east, nort…

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has released new access criteria for the soda ash industry, which raises the threshold for the launch of new projects in central, east, northeast, north, and southwest regions of the country. The ministry said it will not approve the establishment and expansion of facilities using Solvay process techniques, if these projects are not near energy sources, soda ash markets and ammonium chloride markets, and if they do not have a self-run salt field and convenient transportation environment. The establishment or expansion of ammonium chloride production facilities adopting combined process will not be allowed in the northwest region, if they are not located near energy, raw material and water resources, or do not meet environment protection standards, and new projects also have to meet requirements on designed capacity.