Nazarbayev launches sulfuric acid plant
During the national teleconference “New industrialization of Kazakhstan: results of 2014 and the first five-year plan” on 25 December, President Nursultan Nazarbyaev has spoken about the industrialization program and launched a plant for the production of sulfuric acid, Tengrinews reports citing BNews.kz.
“I congratulate the enterprises on the beginning of their activities," said Nazarbayev paying special attention to the factory for the production of ceramic bricks, which was launched earlier the same year and had produced more than 170 mln bricks.
"Building materials are very important. They will be used in our country. You see the housing program we are launching is big. So we need to expand production,” Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
After that, the head of state unveiled the plant for production of sulfuric acid in Stepnogorsk town.
"It is a very important moment for Stepnogorsk mining and processing plant that has survived the hard times. Congratulations to your staff, families and your region on these good developments. I wish you success and good health. Happy New Year," Nursultan Nazarbayev said when launching the plant.
The cost of this project was 12,230 mln tenge ($67mln). As the director of Sulfuric Acid Plant Kazatomprom Yerlan Mami said, the new plant used advanced energy saving technologies.
"As a result of the launch of the sulfuric acid production, for the first time in Kazakhstan production will be switched from iron sulfide to Kazakhstan's raw materials - lump sulfur (Tengizchevroil), and will meet the needs of Kazatomprom (Kazakh nuclear giant) for sulfuric acid," Mami said.
Implementation of the project will help solve the problem of processing the sulfur that comes as a side product in Tengizchevroil's oil operations that has a negative impact on the ecological situation in the Caspian region. Moreover, the new plant will contribute to the development of the chemical industry in northern Kazakhstan.
The start of production is planned for the second quarter of 2015.
By Dinara Urazova