World Soda Ash 2015: India's fertiliser policy blocks adoption of Hou process

By Laura Syrett
Published: Wednesday, 30 September 2015

High local energy costs and an industrial concentration of soda ash production in the country's northwest make replacing India's existing Solvay-based capacity with Hou-based facilities a logical step, but according to IHS, a political drive to reduce fertiliser subsidies mean that the ammonium chloride produced as a by-product of the Hou process would be economically unviable.

Interventionist government policy in India has prevented the country's soda ash industry from adopting the Hou production process, even though using the Chinese-developed method would make the sector more competitive.

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