Turkmenistan opens new synthetic gasoline plant


ASHGABAT (TCA) — President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on June 28 took part in the opening ceremony of a new plant for production of gasoline from natural gas, which was built in Turkmenistan’s Ahal Velayat (province), the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported.

The new facility was built by joint efforts of the Turkmen State Concern Turkemngaz and consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. (Japan) and Rönesans Endüstri Tesisleri Inşaat Sanaýi ve Ticaret A.Ş. (Turkey). The Agreement on the project was signed during the official visit of the Turkmen president to Japan in September 2013. The ground breaking ceremony of the facility took place in August 2014.

The GTG (gas to gasoline) project is based on TIGAS technology developed by Danish Haldor Torsoe, which allows making high quality gasoline in combination with highly efficient catalysts with less energy consumption and minimum impact on the environment.

600,000 tons of eco-friendly synthetic gasoline ECO–93, which meets EURO–5 standard, as well as 115,000 tons of liquefied gas from associated products and 12,000 tons of treated sulphur-free diesel fuel will be produced by the facility every year.

At the ceremony, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Yoshihiko Isozaki read out a congratulation message of Prime Minister Sinzo Abe, who on behalf of the Japanese Government addressed the Turkmen leader with congratulations on the successful completion of construction of the synthetic gasoline plant.

The event was continued by the award ceremony of prestige certificates to the synthetic gasoline plant.

Official representative of the Guinness World Records Mrs Sheida Subashi Gemici expressed congratulations to President Berdymukhamedov and the Turkmen people on the opening of this unique industrial facility, which is the first of its kind in the world, and presented the Certificate of the First World Plant for Gas Production from Natural Gas.

Sergey Kwan