The regional center of Uzbekistan, the city of Jizzakh has started building the continuous basalt fiber manufacturing facilities focused on producing rebar. The planned capacity of Jizzakh plant to be established on the basis of Mega Invest Industrial Company is 2.5 thousand tons of continuous basalt fibers per year, the approximate project cost is 52 million dollars.
The year 2018 is expected to see the first batch of continuous basalt fiber manufactured at Jizzakh facilities. The project is partly financed through a loan obtained from local banks, and partly through investments provided by Leigh Barrier, LLP (United Kingdom).
This is the second plant to manufacture basalt fiber in Uzbekistan. Last year, Uzmetkombinat commercialized staple basalt fiber for the manufacture of insulating materials, and released the first thousand tons of this eco-friendly and highly efficient building material.
According to Sreda.Uz, Uzmetkombinat is able to produce up to 10 thousand tons of products, the figure means more than 120 thousand cubic meters of thermal insulation materials per year, but this amount is clearly insufficient for the needs of the country.
Only for thermal insulation of buildings Uzbekistan demands 130 thousand tons of basalt fiber, – this was stated during the presentation of the Five-year International Project on Energy Saving.
It is planned to use local deposits of basalt as a raw material for the manufacture of both continuous and staple basalt fibers. They are: Gavasaysky in Chust district of Namangan region and Asmansaysky in Farish district of Jizzakh region.