Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug. 4
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
Besides the hydrocarbon resources of global importance, Turkmenistan has rich and diverse solid minerals and hydro-mineral reserves of commercial scale, the government of Turkmenistan said.
There are more than 200 deposits of various solid minerals and hydro-mineral raw materials prepared for industrial development at the state balance of Turkmenistan.
Among them are a variety of mineral salts, iodine-bromine industrial waters, celestine, sulfur, bentonite and kaolin clays, ozocerite, barite, gypsum, ornamental and facing stones, carbonate raw materials for the chemical industry, a variety of mineral raw materials for the production of building materials.
Their certain kinds are comparable with the best world analogues on the quality and quantity of reserves. Only the explored reserves of strontium contained in celestine ores account for over 85 percent of balance reserves of the CIS countries, the statement says.
The prospects for manganese, copper, iron, lead, zinc, gold and platinoid revealed during the recent geological exploration allow optimism about the possibility of discovering industrial reserves of these metals in the depths of Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan's subsoil is especially rich with fields of various mineral salts such as sodium, potassium, sulfate and magnesium salts, said the message.
Two of the seven potash deposits of CIS countries are in Turkmenistan.
Garabogazkol is one of the four sodium sulfate fields known in the world. There are also large bishofite and epsomite deposits here.
Turkmenistan has a leading position in Central Asia for the iodine-bromine industrial water reserve, according to the message.
Moreover, the country holds one of the leading positions in the world for the volume of mineral raw materials for the chemical industry.
In this regard, Koytendag district of Lebap province has great potential. It has tens of various types of mineral resources.
Geologists have discovered a number of sulfur, phosphates, rock salt, gypsum and other fields here, which will develop not only the chemical industry, but also production of construction materials.
Edited by CN