Turkmenistan - Country Commercial Guide
Chemicals

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.  Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2020-10-15

Overview

Turkmenistan has nine chemical plants that produce nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers (700,000 tons per year), sulfuric and nitric acids, iodine, bromine, and mineral salts. In 2014, Turkmenistan inaugurated a urea plant with capacity of 640,000 tons per year and an ammonia plant with the capacity of 400,000 tons per year in the south-eastern city of Mary. These plants will together use 500 million cubic meters of natural gas per year as feedstock.

Turkmenistan has plans to increase fertilizer production to approximately 5,000,000 tons per year, of which 1,400,000 tons will be potash fertilizers. In March 2017, Turkmenistan opened a major potash fertilizer plant in Garlyk village of Lebap province, capable of producing 1,400,000 tons of fertilizer per year. According to unofficial reports, the Garlyk plant is currently operating well below its total capacity due technical complications. Turkmenistan also plans to increase iodine production from 500 to 1,515 tons per year by 2030.

In September 2018, a $1.5 billion carbamide (urea) fertilizer plant opened on the Caspian coast in Garabogaz, Balkan province. The plant, built by Turkey’s Gap Insaat and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation, has the capacity to produce 1.1 million tons of urea annually using about 1 billion cubic meters of natural gas as feedstock.  The government also announced plans to set up joint ventures with foreign companies to produce various types of chemicals based on local raw materials. In February 2018, Turkmenistan opened a float glass manufacturing plant in Ovadandepe in Ahal province.

Leading Sub-Sectors

Production of organic polymers such as polyethylene and polypropylene; construction of new industrial facilities for the production and export of products such as caustic soda, chlorine and its derivatives, as well as potassium fertilizers; high grade glass and insulation composite materials of basalt fibers.

Opportunities

Construction of urea and ammonia plants; utilization of sulfur resulting from natural gas production processes, and construction of iodine and bromine plants. Building of new industrial facilities for the production and export of products such as caustic soda, chlorine and its derivatives, and potassium fertilizers.

Web Resources

Ministry of Energy of Turkmenistan (http://minenergo.gov.tm/)