Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products in Bulgaria: Solvay Sodi

Automation & RoboticsIndustrySouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 1/2015

Solvay Sodi is Solvay’s biggest European factory for manufacture of soda ash with a capacity of 1.5 million tons per year. In 2000, Solvay Sodi privatized the suppliers of material for the soda production process - the salt and limestone mining enterprises and Deven Thermoelectric Power Plant. 85% of company’s output is exported to Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, the Middle East, South America, Asia and Africa.

The company accounts for about 1% of Bulgaria’s exports.
Soda ash is the main raw material in glass production, metallurgy, paper, chemical and leather industries and in detergents production. The materials and resources located in proximity to operational capacities and the convenient transport corridors (Varna West Port) were the main factors which motivated Solvay to launch business in Bulgaria.

Within the new production capacity investment program, a circulating fluidized bed boiler worth 75 m EUR was commissioned in Deven Thermoelectric Power Plant in 2010. The installation is with emissions levels fully compliant with the latest European CO2 and other emissions standards. This is the biggest thermoelectric cogeneration plant in the Balkans.

In 2006, Solvay Sodi launched an ISO certified integrated management system in accordance with ISO quality and environmental regulations and OHSAS health and safety regulations. The company has won a number of corporate social responsibility awards in Bulgaria. It cooperates with universities, offering visits and internship programs for students majoring in different subject.

Solvay Group is the first main partner and technology partner of Solar Impulse - the zero-fuel airplane. The prototype was first exhibited in Bulgaria on the Day of Chemistry at Solvay Sodi, Devnya, on 1.10.2011.