Ukraine: gas supply to Crimea Soda Plant resumes

On 3 April 2003 the Chornomornaftohaz company, a gas supplier, resumed normal gas supply to the Crimea soda plant (Krasnoperekopsk, Crimea), the region“s largest soda ash producer, after a 50% cut to…

On 3 April 2003 the Chornomornaftohaz company, a gas supplier, resumed normal gas supply to the Crimea soda plant (Krasnoperekopsk, Crimea), the region“s largest soda ash producer, after a 50% cut to 0.25 million cubic meters per day, which had been in force from 22 March 2003. According to a source at the soda ash plant, production is returning to its normal level: “3 lines [for soda production] are in operation now whereas prior to this [during the limited gas supply period] there was only one,” On 22 March 2003 Chornomornaftohaz reduced gas supply to the Crimean soda plant by 50% to 0.25 million cubic meters. The Crimean soda plant raised output by 3.7% or UAH 8.021 million in 2002 compared with 2001, to UAH 227.019 million. In 2002, the enterprise posted a net profit of UAH 7.54 million and exported 40.3% of its produce mainly to Russia, Belarus, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Mexico and Venezuela. 89.48% of the Crimean soda plant is owned by the Ukrainian State Property Fund.