Turkmenistan owns world’s largest iodine-bromine water deposits
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Oct. 13
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:
Turkmenistan has the world's largest iodine-bromine water deposits, which are located in the country's Balkan province, according to a message from the Turkmen Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ministry.
"The Cheleken, Boyadag, and Nebitdag-Monzhukly deposits are under active industrial development. Among the reserve fields there is the Gogerendag-Karadashly field, which includes over half of the iodine stocks of Turkmenistan, which ranks first in this term among the CIS countries," the message said.
The Khazar chemical plant and the Balkanabat iodine factory in western Turkmenistan, specialize mainly in production of high purity technical iodine.
This kind of iodine is used in manufacturing of the photographic materials, dyes, electronics, synthetic rubber, various reactants, liquid crystal displays, and special polarized glasses.
Over half of the world's total iodine is used in production of medicines, including antiseptics for treatment of thyroid diseases and atherosclerosis, as well as in radiography, diagnostic and veterinary medicine.
Recently, Turkmenistan put on stream a pharmaceutical venture in the city of Bereket in the Balkan province for iodine production. The venture's capacity stands at 250 million iodine sticks, 50 million iodine pencils, and 500,000 oral swabs per year.
The venture is using the equipment of the Italian company Aqualine and German company Arburg.
Turkmenistan earlier received an international certificate of the UN Children's Fund, the World Health Organization and the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders.
This made Turkmenistan the first country in the CIS and the fourth country in the world, to ensure universal salt iodization in line with general international standards, said the message.