Uzbekistan intends to gradually replace metal construction materials with those made of basalt.
Since 2017 Uzbekistan has been celebrating the Construction Workers Day on the second Sunday of August. In 2018 this holiday coincided with the conference “Basalt Reinforcement. Innovative materials. Economy in construction”.
During the Tashkent conference, the participants discussed the application of innovative basalt composite construction materials. The representatives of the Ministry of Construction, the State Committee for Geology, construction companies, municipal and local administrations, and design organizations were involved in the conference.
Basalt composites is a novel and unusual material for Uzbekistan. Basalt fiber-based building materials were first produced at the Basalt plant located in the city of Jizzakh in 2017.
Jaloliddin Tohirov, an expert of the Ministry of Construction of Uzbekistan, stressed that basalt materials offer multiple benefits over those made of iron: strength, light weight, resistance to abrasion, alkali and acids, excellent heat and sound insulation, fire resistance, durability and sustainability, and cost efficiency.
It is the reason why Tohirov expressed the opinion that basalt constructions would completely outplace the metal ones in the future, reports AzerNews.
Uzbekistan has its own raw material base for the basalt fiber production: basalt is mined in the Farish district of the Jizzakh and Navoi regions and also in the Ferghana Valley.
Scientists working at Navoi State University have already patented a method for manufacturing basalt insulators from local raw materials.