French company Bouygues, which has already constructed a number of large facilities in Turkmenistan, including the Presidential Palace, mosques in Kipchak and Geoktepe, the Ruhiet Palace of Congresses and Art as well as several new ministries, has signed contracts with the Turkmen government on implementation of two new projects, Turkmenistan.ru reported last week. Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov received on January 17 a group of senior managers of the French company headed by Bouygues Vice President Aldo Carbonaro. The principal result of the meeting was the signing of contracts for construction of the main building of the Turkmen state university named after Makhtumkuli and the Press House.
According to the government, the total cost of the project is USD 40 million that includes the university’s main building, a library, a reading room as well as a public hall for 1,000 people with an area of 13,500 square metres and the improvement of 20,950 square metres of an adjoining territory. Construction work is to start in April 2005 and finish in April 2007. As for the Press House, construction of this facility with a total area of 6,100 square metres will start in January 2005 and finish in October 2006. The cost of this project is estimated at USD 17 million, including the improvement of 13,300 square metres of an adjoining territory. At the meeting with the Bouygues representatives, Niyazov approved projects of construction of the second line of the military institute and a complex of administrative buildings designed for ministries and establishments of the agricultural sector of Turkmenistan, construction of which is scheduled for the near future.
Niyazov also reviewed a new project of a 17-storey building for the ministries of trade and consumers’ cooperation and the State commodity and raw materials exchange designed by the French company. This building will be erected in the southern part of Ashgabat, near the recently built President Hotel.
During a recent session of the cabinet of ministers, Niyazov also signed a decree authorising the state concern Turkmenneftegazstroy to conclude a contract with Bouygues Batiman International on the construction of a marble and granite processing plant with a capacity of 205,000 square metres of facing stones, worth 26.7 million Euro on condition of starting the construction in February 2005 and commissioning the facility in February 2006 in the township of Ovadan Depe.
At the session, Niyazov said that the new plant would make it possible to lower construction costs of public buildings in the republic in future in view of the fact that at present they are mostly coated with marble and granite. The state corporation Turkmengeology was instructed to produce together with Bouygues Batiman International a feasibility study on the development of facing stones deposits to supply the marble and granite processing plant with local raw materials in accordance with the established order and a period of one month.