Turkmenistan eyes to increase iodine export

Turkmenistan Materials 13 October 2017 20:45 (UTC +04:00)

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Oct. 13

By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:

Production of technical iodine will grow 2.3 times in Turkmenistan over the next seven years, and the export volume of this product will exceed 1,000 tons in 2024, a source in the Turkmen government said.

Turkmenistan ranks fourth in iodine reserves and fifth in iodine production in the world. One of the country's biggest companies is the Khazar Chemical Plant in the Balkan province. The plant operates by using local raw materials, namely, underground iodine-containing natural waters, extracted during oil and gas production.

The plant mainly produces two kinds of technical iodine differing in consistency and degree of purification, as well as iodine derivatives - potassium iodide and potassium iodate.

The production of potassium iodide used in livestock breeding was established on the basis of the existing line of potassium iodide.

The Khazar Chemical Plant will be reconstructed soon. The units with an annual capacity of 300-350 tons of granulated iodine and 4,500-5,500 tons of bromine and bromine-containing products will be built here to increase the volume of products.

Turkmenistan is actively expanding the range of iodine derivatives with high added value.