Crimean Soda Plant: output down due to gas restrictions

Output at the Crimean Soda Plant (Crimea, Krasnoperekopsk) in the 1Q 2003, was down by 18% or UAH 9.7 million year-on-year, to UAH 45.6 million.
The fall in production in the 1Q is due to the limitat…

Output at the Crimean Soda Plant (Crimea, Krasnoperekopsk) in the 1Q 2003, was down by 18% or UAH 9.7 million year-on-year, to UAH 45.6 million. The fall in production in the 1Q is due to the limitation on gas supplies to the plant in March, as a result of which only one out of three processing lines was operating. In late March – early April 2003 the Chornomornaftohaz company, a Ukrainian gas provider, reduced supplies to the Crimean soda plant by 50% to 0.25 million cubic meters per day. In 1Q 2002, Crimean Soda Plant increased output by 5.46% or UAH 2.859 million compared with 1Q 2001, to UAH 55.257 million. In 2002, the plant increased output by 3.7% or UAH 8.021 million compared with 2001, to UAH 227.019 million, and exported 40.3% of its products. The company“s major markets are Russia, Belarus, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Mexico, and Venezuela.