Turkmenistan can become the flagship of potash production in the Central Asian region. Alexander Lukashenko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov launched the Garlyk mining and processing plant on March 31.
Belarus and Turkmenistan have implemented this large-scale project together. The capacity of the plant is up to 1.5 million tons per year. Its cost is about $1 billion.
This is the largest foreign project in the history of independent Belarus. This new branch of mining and chemical industries was established in Turkmenistan virtually from scratch.
A potash deposit area was found there in the 1960s. Back then the Soviet Union did not have the necessary technology to build a large-scale production facility. Belarus now undertook to implement a turnkey project. The contract was signed in 2010. To date, Turkmenistan has produced the first batch of fertilizers with a volume of over one ton.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, the construction of the mining and processing plant was a serious test and great experience for the two countries.
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
Communists in the Soviet times were strong and forward-thinking people, they discovered this field in the 1960s but did not start its construction. Because nature here is too complicated. We were young back then when we undertook this project. These were difficult times. Even thousands of kilometers away from here, in Minsk, it felt it with my every cell. This is a place of battles for each 500m into the depth of this land, to get ore for perfect potash fertilizers.
The heads of state got acquainted with the company and its capabilities, and then left a record in the book of honored guests of the plant.