Russia could become dependent on imports of soda, said the Ministry of industry and trade

© RIA Novosti / Konstantin to Collabourate in fotobanka. Archival photoRussia could become dependent on imports of soda, said the Ministry of industry and trade© RIA Novosti / Konstantin to Collabourate the image Bank

The Deputy Director of the Department of chemical engineering of Ministry of industry and trade of the Russian Federation Alexander Orlov said that the Russian industry can be depending on import of soda, if you do not deal with a raw problem the company BSK.

Earlier, a source in BSK announced that the company has to stop production after 2022 because of the lack of raw materials. According to him, today the company has no alternative deposits of limestone suitable for chemical characteristics for the production of soda. The only possible source of raw material — MT. Tretau — has a special status, not to start developing it.

«The largest manufacturer of soda ash in the country — BSK. Import minimum, while exports are growing, and growing domestic consumption of soda. Based on the may decrees of the President, it is necessary to increase new production, especially since it is a product with high added value. On the world market a high competition, the major players are Turkey, India and the US, all of them introduce additional power. All natural raw material, they need less efforts for process. So if we lose the strategic enterprise gradually, our production company will be dependent on the import of soda,» said Orlov told reporters.

He noted that the main objective of the Ministry is to solve the raw material problem of BSK and support the development of this area. «The commodity question, the company should be solved, it is solved jointly, including with the government of the region. As for removing status from the mountain, it is located on the plane of Bashkortostan», — said Orlov.

Joint-stock company «Bashkir soda company» (enters into group «Bashhim») was formed in may 2013 through the merger of JSC «Soda» and JSC «Kaustik». The company ranks first in Russia and Europe, sixth in the world for the production of soda ash and baking soda, and is also one of the leaders in the production of caustic soda and PVC in Russia. Products, in addition to Russia, exported to other countries of the CIS, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.