Crimea Soda Factory reconstructs soda ash production lines

The largest producer of soda ash, the Crimea soda factory in Krasnoperekopsk, Crimea, has reportedly reconstructed two of its four technological production lines for soda type A or the so-called heavy…

The largest producer of soda ash, the Crimea soda factory in Krasnoperekopsk, Crimea, has reportedly reconstructed two of its four technological production lines for soda type A or the so-called heavy soda. The National institute of organic chemistry (Kharkov) prepared the project on reconstruction and partial changing of the old equipment of the two technological workshop lines for calcinations. The production output capacity for heavy soda after the reconstruction increased by 30% to 280,000 tons yearly. The enterprise carried out this reconstruction by using its own financial resources. Based on the information of a spokesman, the factory intends to create the fifth technological line on production of heavy soda very soon, by transforming one of its steamed calcining ovens to production of this form of product. According to this project, such transformation will increase the total capacity of the enterprise regarding production of heavy soda to a yearly amount of 500,000 tons. Heavy ash soda is used in the glasswork industry, metallurgy; it is similar to the production purpose of ordinary soda, but it has a very huge bulky weight. It is now produced in granule form and is more convenient to transport. There are three main production workshops at the factory: limestone, workshop for absorption and distillation and workshop for calcinations. In December 2001, the factory increased its production output capacity for the soda type A by 15% to 25,000 tons per month after it conducted the first stage of its reconstruction. The factory made net profits of UAH 3.5 million, while increasing production of soda by 1.7% to 524,000 tons. The State Property Fund owns 89.48% of shares in the Crimea soda factory.