Location: Ankara, Turkey. Our largest production facility, using solution extraction and innovative process technology. In 2021, Kazan Soda produced ~3 million mt of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate, sold to our customers in Turkey and exported around the world.
Location: Ankara, Turkey. Eti Soda was the first facility in the world to utilise innovative solution extraction technology on a commercial scale. In 2021, Eti Soda produced ~2 million mt of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate, sold to our customers in Turkey and exported around the world.
Over 80% of our production from Turkey is exported, with almost 70% exported in bulk from our dedicated port facility at Derince. It has a 330m long pier that can load the world's largest bulk carriers at a rate of over 2,200 tonnes per hour.
Kazan started commercial operations at the end of 2017 following our investment of over US$1.9 billion to develop the facility. In 2022, Kazan Soda produced and sold ~3 million mt of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate. By mid-2025, we plan to increase production to ~4 million mt and further reduce our unit production costs.
Kazan Soda has an estimated 28 years of remaining mineable trona reserves, exploited using innovative solution extraction technology. The production plant consists of three sub-units: solution extraction, processing and a gas-powered cogen facility producing power and steam for use in the plant and with excess power generation exported to the State grid.
The plant was designed and engineered by TCC, one of the world’s leading engineering companies, and utilises Siemens turbine and power plant technology, rotating equipment and control systems.
In 2022, Kazan Soda produced and sold ~3 million mt of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate.
First established in 1998
Eti Soda is located in the same geographic region as Kazan Soda. Following over US$ 700 million of initial investment, commercial operations started in 2009. We further expanded our production facilities in 2017. In 2022, Eti Soda produced and sold ~2 million mt of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate. Total combined production from Eti Soda is expected to remain at ~2 million mtpa.
Eti Soda was the first soda ash production facility in the world to utilise innovative solution extraction technology on a commercial scale and has an estimated 20 years of remaining mineable trona reserves.
The production plant consists of three sub-units: extraction, processing and a coal-powered cogen facility producing power and steam for use in the plant. The plant was designed and engineered by TCC and CMEC, and utilises Siemens and Goulds rotating equipment and control systems.
In 2022, Eti Soda produced and sold ~2 million mt of soda ash and sodium bicarbonate.
In Turkey, our main export terminal is Derince Port
Over 80% of our production from Turkey is exported, with almost 70% exported in bulk from our dedicated port facility at Derince.
Approximately 300 km from our production facilities, Derince Port has a 330m long pier that can load the world’s largest bulk carrier ships at a rate of over 2,200 tonnes per hour. We also export in 27 tonne container liner bags and 1.25 tonne bags from other port facilities.
Derince Port has a 330m long pier that can load the world's largest bulk carrier ships at a rate of over 2,200 tonnes per hour.
We believe that greater supply chain transparency will enable and support sustainable business models, build trust and strengthen relationships with customers and other stakeholders, and also incentivise an industry-wide sustainability transition.
We aim to apply our sustainability governance and practices to all our partners across our upstream and downstream supply chains. These factors are an important consideration during our procurement processes. To support our work in this area, in 2022 we:
Announced the launch of a blockchain enabled soda ash supply chain ecosystem called “ConnexSA”, with the objective of delivering transparency and robust sustainability data and governance across the entire supply chain – from our suppliers to our end customers.
Began the development of a sustainable procurement platform, Promena, that will track, measure and assess our supply chain from an operational, environmental, social and governance perspective.
Digitised global supply chain
We operate a highly digitised global supply chain
We were the first company in the world to develop a customer app that allows our customers to track individual bulk shipments, containers or even individual bags, enhancing our product traceability and customer service.
Logistics and ports
Global supply chain reliability is a key part of our success
We are the largest global exporter of natural soda ash, delivering product from our two production facilities to over 150 individual destinations in ~80 countries. To achieve this, we have an integrated global supply chain that operates 24/7.
In Turkey, 100% of our production from Eti and Kazan is shipped by road via a fleet of over 350 silo trailers, with over 80% exported, mainly to Europe, Asia, China, South America, the Middle East and Africa, with small volumes also supplying the US East Coast.
Over 70% of our Turkish production volumes are sold via approximately 30 exclusive regional distributors around the world, under multi-year supply agreements. Our distributors are an extension of our global supply chain and serve small- and medium-sized industrial consumers in their designated supply regions.
Our port facilities
In Turkey, our main export terminal is at Derince Port, approximately 300 km from our production facilities, where we have exclusive pier and storage facilities and can load bulk vessels at a rate of up to 2,200 tonnes per hour.
Almost 70% of our production is exported in bulk, but we also export in 27 tonne container liner bags and 1.25 tonne bags from other port facilities.
Soda ash shipments
Bulk shipment loaded at up to 2,200mt per hour
Loading twelve 1.25 tonne break bulk bags at a time
Palletised 25kg bags in a cargo ship hold
27 tonne liner bag in a shipping container
Container loaded with 1.25 tonne XL Big Bags
Palletised 25kg bags for container shipment
We deliver an essential ingredient that allows our customers to create materials the entire world uses every day
Globally, we supply 100+ large industrial customers and regional distributors, in ~80 countries, delivering to around 150 individual global destinations.
Our exclusive regional distributor network is an extension of our global supply chain, allowing us to provide the best levels of service to our large global customers and also access smaller and inland customers in every region.
We maintain very close, long term customer relationships and typically supply our customers via multi-year supply agreements. Our customers most value the quality of our product and the proven, long-term reliability of our global supply chain.
Thanks to WE Soda's strong organisational structure and customer-oriented approach, we establish long-term strategic partnerships with our customers and increase our market share swiftly with long-term, trust-based co-operation in our territory.
Founder and managing director
International chemical trade company
Given its global presence and strong supply chain infrustructure, we are very happy to work with and keen to further deepen our ties with WE Soda. Being able to partner with such a leading player in the global soda ash industry definitely makes a difference, particularly when it comes to fulfilling ever-demanding customer expectations in a timely manner with the best-in-quality products.
Chemical department, conglomerate trading company
Thanks to WE Soda, we have achieved a leadership position throughout the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. We maintain an extraordinary relationship with WE Soda and together we have satisfied our customers at all levels (negotiations, supply commitment, product quality, etc). Our desire is to continue to further consolidate this good relationship over time and together continue to satisfy our customers.