Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 24
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
The regular meeting of the Turkmen-Romanian working group on cooperation in the field of transport was held in the Pre-Caspian city of Turkmenbashi, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The parties considered the prospects of cooperation and outlined the prospects of partnership between the sea ports of Turkmenbashi and Constanta, the message says.
This refers to the diversification of transport routes in the European and the reverse direction using all transit and transport opportunities and transport infrastructure facilities of the two countries.
The parties have been studying the optimal routes for the Black Sea-Caspian Sea transit corridor using the advantages of Constanta and Turkmenbashi ports.
In particular, the State Service of Maritime and River Transport of Turkmenistan has been studying in recent years the possibility of transportation of goods, including liquefied gas to Constanta port. The supply route involves the use of special containers and runs through the Caspian Sea to Baku (Azerbaijan), and further to Batumi or Poti (Georgia, the Black Sea region) by rail and therefrom to Romania by sea.
The opening ceremony of the international seaport was held in the beginning of May in the Pre-Caspian Turkmenbashi City. The cost of the project implemented by Gap Inşaat Company (Turkey) is more than $1.5 billion.
With the commissioning of the Turkmenbashi port, the great opportunities have emerged for sending goods arriving in Turkmenbashi port along the "Silk Road" route from Asia and the Pacific region, further to European countries through the ports of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran. The port complex includes a common loading terminal, bulk cargo terminal, polypropylene terminal, as well as shipbuilding and ship repair docks. The road with flyover junctions has also been built, and the railway tracks have been laid.
The project is developed in accordance with the international Greenport standard. The annual intake capacity of the port will be 17-18 million tons. Together with the previously operating port, this figure makes up 25-26 million tons. The international ferry and passenger port can serve 300,000 passengers and 75,000 trailers per year. The container terminal has an average annual capacity of 400,000 TEU.
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