Special economic zone “Pavlodar Chemical Park” to be created by end-2011

August 5. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Pavlodar

Special economic zone “Pavlodar Chemical Park” to be created by end-2011A special economic zone (SEZ) called “Pavlodar Chemical Park”, 1200 ha, is going to be organized by the end of 2011 in the Pavlodar Region (northern Kazakhstan), the regional department for entrepreneurship and industry told Interfax-Kazakhstan.

The area, where SEZ will be created, has all required infrastructure and is capable of housing up to 60 chemical and petrochemical enterprises.

Both domestic and international investors are interested in the project, including Kazakhstan’s Reagent-Vostok, JSC Pavlodar Petrochemical Plant, Neftekhim Ltd., Kazatomprom. Preliminary agreement has been reached with some international companies, including Russia’s Nitol, a manufacturer of polycrystalline silicon.

The core of the Pavlodar cluster will be JSC Caustic, a producer of caustic soda, chlorine and hydrogen.

This project is part of Kazakhstan’s plan to restore the chemical industry. In addition to the Pavlodar SEZ Kazakhstan intends to create chemical complexes in Aktau (the Mangistau Region, western Kazakhstan) and Taraz (the Zhambyl Region, southern Kazakhstan).

Currently, the republic imports all chemical products, including soda ash (305,500 tons worth $28.2 million), fertilizers (209,000 tons and $21.2 million), barium sulfate (33,900 tons and $4.2 million), hydrochloric acid (15,600 tons and $1.2 million), ammonia (11,900 tons and $1.5 million), caustic soda in solid form (7,850 tons and $2.41 million), nitrogen-based acids (9,800 tons and $0.6 million), chlorine (6,800 tons and $1.2 million), cyanides (3,000 tons and $3.7 million), synthetic detergents ( 46,400 tons and $27.6 million).