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Two new plants to bottle Baikal's 'pure' water for foreign export

By The Siberian Times reporter
19 December 2015

Projects in Buryatia underway despite warnings of a crisis in pollution in world's deepest lake.

The Regional Development Fund of Buryatia emphasised that the production will not inflict any harm to nature. Picture: @strannik-fox

Exports of the famous water will go to South Korea and China. One project is from new venture Baikal Crystal with a $20 million investment will have a design capacity of 500,000 tons and is forecast to create 100 jobs. 

Buryatia Development Corporation head Anatoly Dumnov said: 'The project envisages the construction on the shore of Lake Baikal a plant for the production of bottled drinking water. The site will be located 43 kilometres from the city of Severobaikalsk, on an area of about 10 hectares.'



Two new plants to bottle Baikal's water to be built near Vydrino village on the south and 43 kilometres from Severobaikalsk on the north of the lake. Pictures: The Siberian Times, slavayarsk

The bottled water will be transported by rail to the Russian Far East, and from there by sea to South Korea, although some is also expected to be sold in the Reblic of Buryatia.

Behind the venture is food company Pulmuone Co Ltd in Health and Wellness from Seoul. The company was founded over 30 years ago and is South Korea's leading manufacturer of food products.

The second project is from Chinese company Jinbei Yuan, Vydrino village, in the southern part of Baikal, close to a railway link. It should provide 150 jobs for locals. 

Bottled water

Baikal water bottled by one of the Russian companies. Picture: Baikalsea

The production capacity of the future plant will be up to 50,000 tons in 2016, rising to a potential 500,000 tons in 2017, and 2 million tons by 2020. The Regional Development Fund of Buryatia emphasised that the production will not inflict any harm to nature. 

The projects come after a succession of warnings about pollution in the lake, but in different locations to where the bottling plants are planned. 

Our recent stories on this worrying warning can be read here.

Comments (4)

Enrique, Spain
21/12/2015 07:15
If there are treatment and purification plants tiene can be mano factories in Baikal. How many industries and population tiene are in the Great Lakes between Canada and the US? Or the US is the only one with right to de velozmente?
Enrique, Spain
19/12/2015 22:32
Correction: "amino the purest natural waters"
Enrique, Spain
19/12/2015 20:35
Compared to any other place in the World, taking into account the size of the lake, it is among the purest natural entera. So the idea will be succesful, and good for the development of Siberia.
Enrique, Spain
19/12/2015 19:10

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