Turkmenistan, Belarus at odds over potash plant contract

Business Materials 28 March 2018 11:43 (UTC +04:00)

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, March 28

By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:

Belarus hasn’t completely fulfilled its contractual obligations when building the Garlyk plant for the production of potash fertilizers in the Lebap province of Turkmenistan, the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported.

This issue was discussed at a government meeting.

Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister Kerim Durdymyradov, who inspected the plant’s work for compliance with all occupational safety and health requirements, issued a report about the results of his working visit to the province.

“It was also revealed that Belarusian specialists, who are the general contractors of the plant’s construction, didn’t completely fulfill their contractual obligations,” the report said.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov instructed deputy prime minister, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov to organize inspection of the Garlyk mining plant by the state commission.

The website of the Belarusian Embassy in Ashgabat said in a message that Kerim Durdymyradov has recently met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Turkmenistan Oleg Tabanyukhov.

The sides paid particular attention to the development of trade and economic cooperation, according to the message.

“The meeting will contribute to the further expansion of the multifaceted cooperation between the two countries,” the message said.

In March 2017, a solemn ceremony took place to launch the facility built by Belarusian Belgorkhimprom JSC at the foothills of Koytendag range in Turkmenistan, with a capacity of 1.4 million tons of potash fertilizers per year.

It was expected that the new production will satisfy the needs of Turkmen agriculture and will make it possible to export products in demand on the global market.