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Turkmenistan is concerned about the non-fulfillment of the contractual obligations by the Belarusian side on the project of the Garlyk mining and processing plant

Ashgabat, September 30 (nCa) – On Friday, Turkmenistan expressed serious concern about the slow pace of implementation of the Garlyk Mining and Processing Complex project, a mega-project in the Lebap province.

During the meeting in Ashgabat, Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Anatoly Kalinin was notified of the non-fulfillment of the contractual obligations by the Belarusian side, which hinders the implementation of plans for economic development in Turkmenistan.

He was informed of the outstanding tasks of the project, the implementation of which continues with significant delays in schedule.

Kalinin was reminded that, despite repeated requests from government agencies of Turkmenistan, the Belarusian side has not yet provided information on the timing of the delivery of the rest of the equipment in the amount of several tens of millions of US dollars and drafts of subsequent specifications. This equipment is vital to the operation of the mill.

There were also noted the facts of repeated delays in the payment of wages by OJSC “Belgorkhimprom” to Turkmen citizens working on the construction of the plant’s facilities.

At the same time, it was stated that the reports of the Belarusian and some other media about the alleged “non-compliance by the Turkmen side of its financial obligations under the contract” do not correspond to reality.

At the same time, it was noted that on the part of the customer – “Belgorkhimprom”, the requirements for the timely and complete execution of the package of documents required for submission for payment for the work performed are often not met.

An agreement on the construction of the Garlyk mining and processing plant for the production of potash fertilizers was signed between Belarus and Turkmenistan in 2009. In accordance with the terms of the contract, Belarus was to provide technology and know-how, as well as personnel for the project.

Belarus, negatively affected by the ongoing economic crisis, was unable to fulfill the terms of the agreed project.

Turkmenistan has shown flexibility given the very strong, broad and fraternal relations between the two countries. Repeatedly, the terms of the contract were facilitated in order to provide the Belarusian side with the opportunity to fulfill its obligations.

At the beginning of this year, Belarus announced the priority of completing this significant project. The Embassy of Belarus in Turkmenistan informed the nCa agency that the complex is planned to be put into operation in April 2017.

The plant is designed to produce 1.4 million tons of potash fertilizers and other products. About one million tons of potash fertilizers will be exported abroad. Garlyk plant is located near the route of the future TAT railway line (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan). It is to the markets of these countries, as well as China and Pakistan, that Turkmenistan intends to export potash fertilizers. The construction of the TAT railway is nearing completion. Consequently, the untimely completion of the construction of the Garlyk Combine can lead to large losses.

Given the strong and sincere ties between the two countries, Turkmenistan expressed its concern and hope that the Belarusian side will take appropriate countermeasures.

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