President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov launched the shipment of the first batch of products from the new gas-to-gasoline plant on Friday, TDH reports.
Specialized trucks and a train with tanks for the transportation of fuel — gasoline produced from gas, and liquefied natural gas — left the enterprise where the Turkmen President arrived for its opening ceremony.
As the Turkmen Leader had earlier noted during the ceremonial meeting at the Mizan Business Center in Ashgabat on Friday, the first 60 tons of these products will be sent to Afghan people as humanitarian aid.
Many European countries have already confirmed their interest in receiving the products. According to the executive of the Ahal-based plant, Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania have already placed orders for the gasoline.
Congratulating the ceremony participants on a significant event, the President of Turkmenistan left the plant, which is the first large-scale industrial project in the world to produce synthetic gasoline from natural gas.
On his way to Ashgabat, the Head of State made a stop at the 4th gas station of the capital. The Turkmen Leader for the first time refueled his automobile with environmentally friendly ECO-93 synthetic gasoline that meets the Euro-5 standard.
The main advantage of Euro-5 gasoline is its environmental friendliness: the content of sulfur in Euro-5 gasoline is 5 times less compared to the gasoline of the previous generation, and the content of benzene and other aromatics with a negative impact on the environment and engine service life is also limited.
Production of Euro-5 standard gasoline at the new plant in Turkmenistan will also provide an opportunity to the country to export its products to countries that have adopted this standard.
Turkmenistan is bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the northeast and east, Afghanistan to the southeast, Iran to the south and southwest, and the Caspian Sea to the west. It possesses the world’s fourth largest reserves of natural gas.