Chemical Industries

Lake Natron Soda Ash Project

Located in the Northern part of Tanzania, about 220km from Arusha Municipality. The Lake Natron contains a huge deposit of soda ash which is raw materials in chemical industries. According to Phase I resource assessment the lake has 217 m3 million of brine at zero recharges. NDC with a Strategic Partner intends to establish 0.5 million tonnes per annum (tpa) soda ash plant and expand to at least 1.0 m tpa. Basic scientific studies on the lake to address stakeholders’ concerns were completed to pave way for further Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study. Further, NDC is finalizing studies for possibilities to extract the underground brine outside the present boundary of the lake basin.

 

Engaruka Basin Soda Ash Project

Located in 190 km from Arusha City and some 58 km south east of Lake Natron in Monduli District , Arusha region. The project is among the anchor projects in Tanga Development Corridor. According to conducted drilling exploration it is established that, Engaruka has about 4.68 billion cubic meters (4,680,000,000 m3) of brines with annual replenishment rate of 1,875,000 m3. This brine co-exists with solid salt crust amounting to 9.360 billion m3. NDC, in partnership with strategic investor(s), intends to establish a soda ash extraction plant with the capacity of 1.0 mil t/y and other by-product salts like sodium chloride, calcium sulphate, and potassium chloride.

Currently, NDC is undertaking hydrological study for fresh water for the plant including design of associated water infrastructure. NDC intends to undertake techno-economic study in order to establish total project cost, carry out Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and finally prepare Bankable Feasibility Study Report for project financing.