Turkmenistan exports cement to neighboring countries
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Sept. 9
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
A cement plant situated in Turkmenistan’s Lebap region (Garlyk settlement) has exported about 160,000 tons of high-quality cement to Uzbekistan and Afghanistan since early 2019, Trend reports referring to Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper.
The production of popular grades of cement M-400, M-500 and M-400 (sulfate-resistant) which are used in hydraulic structures has been arranged at the plant. Moreover, trial batches of M-400-D-20 and M-500-D-20 grades of cement are being produced.
This is a modified cement binder with basalt powder additives (made from local raw materials), which has a positive effect on the mechanical and physical properties of concrete. It increases durability, density and frost resistance of concrete, and reduces its cost.
The main part of the export accounts for neighboring Uzbekistan. Cement is transported from the right bank of Amu Darya (the plant is located there) through the Kelif station by railway towards Termez and Qarshi cities. Vehicles are used in the direction of other Uzbek city - Bukhara.
First, the trucks move to the left bank along the Kerki–Kerkichi bridge, then along the Turkmenabat-Farab bridge.
Cement is shipped to Afghanistan via the Atamyrat–Ymamnazar–Akin railroad. The plant is located near the quarries of gypsum, quartz sand and clay.
The plant, with the production capacity of one million tons of cement per year, was commissioned byTurkish company Polimeks Insaat Taahhut ve San. Tic. A.S. in 2013.
The construction of socio-economic facilities, roads and other infrastructure is being expanded in Turkmenistan. A metallurgical plant, an enterprise producing marble and others have been recently constructed in the country.