Turkmenistan - Chemical IndustryTurkmenistan - Chemical Industry
Turkmenistan has nine chemical plants that produce nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizers (700,000 tons per year), sulfuric and nitric acids, iodine, bromine, and mineral salts. In 2014, Turkmenistan inaugurated a urea plant with capacity of 640,000 tons per year and an ammonia plant with the capacity of 400,000 tons per year in the south-eastern city of Mary. These plants will annually utilize 500 million cubic meters of natural gas as raw material. The government reported that Turkmenistan produced 448,000 tons of various mineral fertilizers in 2015.
Turkmenistan has plans to increase fertilizer production to approximately 5,000,000 tons per year, of which 1,400,000 tons will be potash fertilizers. In March 2017, Turkmenistan opened a major potash fertilizer plant in Garlyk village of Lebap province, capable of producing 1,400,000 tons of fertilizer per year. Turkmenistan also plans to increase iodine production from 500 to 1,515 tons per year by 2030. According to official statistics, Turkmenistan produced 566.7 tons of iodine, 232,500 tons of mineral fertilizers and 146,900 tons of sulphuric acid in 2014.
The government also announced plans to set up joint ventures with foreign companies to produce various types of chemicals based on local raw materials.
Leading Sub-SectorsProduction of organic polymers such as polyethylene and polypropylene; construction of new industrial facilities for the production and export of products such as caustic soda, chlorine and its derivatives, as well as potassium fertilizers, high grade glass and insulation composite materials of basalt fibers.
OpportunitiesConstruction of urea and ammonia plants; utilization of sulfur resulting from natural gas production processes, and construction of iodine and bromine plants. Building of new industrial facilities for the production and export of products such as caustic soda, chlorine and its derivatives, potassium fertilizers, high grade glass and insulation composite materials of basalt fibers.
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