Commissioning works start at Turkmenistan’s Garabogaz carbamide plant

ASHGABAT (TCA) — In June, the consortium of Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation and Turkey’s construction company Gap Insaat of Chalyk Holding group will start phased commissioning of the latest technological equipment at the giant carbamide plant in Garabogaz in Turkmenistan’s Balkan Velayat (province), Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper reports.

The consortium is implementing the project for industrial processing of natural gas to ammonia and carbamide.

According to the board of directors of the enterprise, more than 80 percent of the equipment necessary for production of ammonia and carbamide are installed by Mitsubishi Corporation at the construction site of the future plant. Another member of the consortium, Gap Insaat fulfilled 66 percent of construction works. At the same time, the contractors are building a living complex for future personnel of the enterprise. At present, there are more than 5.5 thousand workers at the facility, the majority of which are Turkmen specialists.

High capacity production for deep processing of natural gas and production of mineral fertilizers is being established on the basis of modern technologies. The technology of Danish company Haldor Topsoe AS and American company UOP will be used during ammonia production while the technology of Italian Saipem will be used during carbamide synthesis. The technology of Dutch Unde Fertilizer is to be applied during granulating of concentrated carbamide solution.

The new carbamide plant will produce mineral fertilizers from gas delivered through the gas pipeline East–West, the output production capacity is 2000 tons of ammonia and 3500 tons of carbamide per day.

Putting of the mineral fertilizer enterprise into operation will allow multiplying profitability of the Turkmen chemical industry and increase its export potential.

A third of the plant’s production will be used for the internal market and the rest will go for export.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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