By Winnie Osika
Soda ash producers and exporter Tata Chemicals Magadi has increased its production capacity by over 50 per cent.
The company that has commissioned a Sh10 billion ash plant intends to increase production to one million tonnes in the next three years.
Following the installation of the new manufacturing plant, production has increased to 600,000 metric tonnes from 240,000 tonnes.
According to Tata Chemicals director Mr. Prasad Menon, the capacity enhancement projects recently undertaken at Tata chemicals will propel Kenya up the global ranks as the country gears up to produce close to two per cent of the world’s natural soda ash.
“The importance of this new facility is particularly vindicated by the fact that global demand for soda ash is expected to reach 58 million tonnes by 2015 against the current demand of 49 million tonnes,” says Mr Menon.
Annual production of soda ash of the new premium plant will be 360 metric tonnes but is expected to increase with time as the firm aims at producing two per cent of the world’s natural soda ash.