Belarus to build potassium processing plant in Turkmenistan

Belarus and Turkmenistan have agreed to build a plant to mine and process potassium in Turkmenistan

Friday, March 18, 2011 - Turkmen and Belarusian government officials agreed during a meeting in Ashgabat on Thursday to build a plant to mine and process potassium in Turkmenistan.

The plant will draw potassium from the Garlyksky potassium salt deposit, and is expected to produce one million tons of potassium chloride per year upon completion.

The Garlyksky potassium deposit is believed to hold 700 million tons of the mineral. Potassium chloride is primarily used to make fertilizer.

Though no price tag was given for the project, fertilizer production plants can cost up to $1 billion.

The Belarusian government delegation, which met with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, was led by Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Kalinin and joined by First Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Petrishenko. The leaders of several Belarus companies which included state oil and chemistry firm Belneftekhim, state-owned energy firm Belorusneft and Belarus automobile company manufacturer MAZ were also part of the delegation, the Belarusian news agency BelTA reported on Thursday.

Negotiations were also held concerning cooperation in the fields of education, sport and tourism and construction.

The two sides also discussed sharing knowledge on agricultural machinery and processes, the news agency reported.


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