China's largest alkali plant, the Qinghai Alkali Industry Co. Ltd., will start production next month after the construction of its first product line is completed, a company spokesperson has said.
The product line is expected to produce 250,000 tons of alkali by the end of this year.
The plant is located in Delingha, a city in northwestern Qinghai Province.
The annual production capacity of the plant is expected to reach 1.8 million tons after another product line starts operation in 2006, the spokesperson said.
The construction of the project, with an investment of 3 billion yuan (more than 360 million US dollars), started in August, 2003.
The plant has recruited more than 800 workers, and more than 400 of them have undergone vocational training in Tianjin and Tangshan, two cities in north China, home to the country's leading alkali producers.