Trona ore is the most common of soda minerals naturally occurring in nature. It is the main raw material used in the production of soda ash. It is also called as "sodium carbonate" or "Natural Soda".
Compared to the boron mine, which is currently on the agenda of our country, it has enough value to compete with boron in terms of economy because it is more than boron mine in quantity, there is no trona mine in Europe and it is one of the basic intermediates in the chemical industry.
Today, it is estimated that the workable trona reserves in the world are around 25 billion tons. Approximately 23 billion tons of this reserve is in the United States. In the USA, 12 million tons of natural soda ash is produced annually and is sold to world markets, especially industrialized European countries, in addition to its own domestic needs.
In addition to the reserves in the district of Beypazarı, near Ankara (approximately 250 million tonnes), approximately 650 million tonnes of reserves were discovered in the districts of Kazan and Sincan, in Ankara in 2007. Therefore, Turkey has 900 million tonnes of exploitable trona reserves, and is in second place in the world in this respect.
The project, which will process the Trona mine and turn it into natural soda ash and run by a private company, was completed on 17.03.2009 and opened for operation in the district of Beypazarı in Ankara. In these facilities, an investment of approximately 375 million dollars was realized and approximately 2 million tons of trona are processed annually; 1 million tons of natural soda ash, 100 thousand tons of sodium bicarbonate and 30 thousand tons of caustic soda are obtained. Turkey meet the needs of its own production of trona and a major part of the production is exported.
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