Turkey's Star- Kazan Soda Elektrik is to build the world’s largest soda ash production complex in Ankara’s Kazan district.

The 2.7 million tonnes per year facility is forecast to enter production in 2017. Star- Kazan Soda Elektrik is a subsidiary of Turkish conglomerates, Ciner Group, and China Tianchen Engineering Corporation (TCC).

The Kazan plant will create employment for 2200 people and supplement Turkey’s largest existing soda ash production site, Eti Soda, which is 74% owned by Ciner Group, to reach a combined production of 4.4 million tonnes from 2017 onwards.

Its Chinese side will provide funding and engineering services for the project, which will increase Turkey’s soda ash exports to US$1.75 billion per year.