February 02, 2022

YILDIRIM Group of Companies, a Turkish industrial conglomerate has started its first soda ash production plant project in Kazakhstan, to be built in Sarysu district of Zhambyl region. The project is owned by Qazaq Soda LLP, a fully owned subsidiary of YILDIRIM Group.

In the project, YILDIRIM has joined forces with construction group SemArco, EPC group Archirodon, engineering group CAMC Engineering, and Dalian Dehua to create the largest chemical facility in Kazakhstan. The project is scheduled to start construction in the third quarter of 2021 with the ground-breaking ceremony. At the first phase of investments, the plant will receive USD 400 million from YILDIRIM Holding.

Qazaq Soda is projected to have a production capacity of 1 million tons per year. In the first phase, the plant will start production in 2024 with 500,000 tons of annual capacity. 1000 people are expected to work in the construction phase, and 300 direct and 1000 indirect jobs will be created after the commissioning of the plant. The plant will be the most efficient and environmentally friendly in the world. It will offer zero waste technology with the lowest CO2, NOx, SO2 emissions in the soda ash industry. In addition to soda ash; 500,000 tons of raw CaCl2, and 100,000 tons of salt will be produced per year as the by-products of the distillation slurry.

Soda ash is utilized in more than 100 sectors, but mostly in the glass, chemicals, metallurgical, mining and textile industries. Kazakhstan will be on par with the world’s leading soda ash producers and suppliers, joining the soda ash producers league of China, Turkey, USA and Russia. Kazakhstan will stop importing soda ash, and fully cover its domestic demand from Qazaq Soda.

The plant will also be the largest chemicals production facility not only for Kazakhstan, but for the entire CIS region. A leading Turkish industrial group, YILDIRIM Group of Companies is operating in metals and mining, port management, fertilizers and chemicals, energy, coal and coke, construction and private equity. YILDIRIM Holding has invested more than USD 500 million in metals and mining endeavors in Kazakhstan since 2013.