Construction of a marble and granite processing plant nears completion in Ovadan Depe settlement, 20 km to the south from Ashgabat. Under the contract, French company Bouygues Batiman International is to commission the plant on a "turnkey" basis coming July, the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru reports referring to the state news agency. The plant totaling Euro 26,7 mln will be owned by the Ministry of construction and construction materials industry.
The construction is financed at the expense of the state fund for development of the oil and gas industry and mineral resources of Turkmenistan and the contractor (35% of the total cost). Bouygues company will recover the invested capital from the profits coming from realization of the plant's production.
The processing plant capacity, which is to operate in two shifts, will be 205 thousand m2 of marble and granite slabs a year. It will also produce facing materials of limestone, border and slabs for paving. In the beginning, marble and granite will be imported from abroad (karar marble from Italy), and limestone will be transported from lime-pits near the towns of Turkmenbashi and Govurdak. On instruction of the project's initiator, Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov, geologist are preparing the ground for development of marble and granite deposits in Turkmenistan to fully convert the new production to consumption of domestic raw materials.
Equipment for the new processing complex was supplied from Italy. Stone blocks will undergo a full cycle of processing in a special workshop occupying some 8 thousand m2, turning into precious facing material. It is important that the plant employing 120 people will use no-waste technology. The plant will occupy a total of 6 hectares with the unloading platform, warehouses, administrative building and canteen. The plant is expected to fully meet the Ashgabat construction complex's demand for marble and granite when it reaches the projected capacity.