ArmInfo. It is necessary to find $ 5 million to use the Karakert stone foundry in Armenia, Suren Gevorgyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Karakert Stone Foundry said at a meeting of the Committee on Financial-Economic and Budgetary Affairs of the Public Council under the President of Armenia.
According to him, the plant, which is the only one in Europe capable of producing high quality products and complex configurations from basalt casting, was commissioned in 1992 and is still in a state of conservation. The enterprise has a full-fledged production infrastructure for the organization of production. The territory of the plant is 20 hectares. On the available free area of 5 hectares provides for the organization of stone-processing production. If necessary, it is possible to increase the territory to 50 hectares. At the same time, the plant's main assets - buildings, structures, railway branch are in satisfactory condition and require insignificant investments. When solving the financing problem, the enterprise will be able to reach the annual turnover of $ 100 million at the first stage, of which $ 50 million will be net profit.
Suren Gevorgyan added that he submitted to the government a program to develop perlite exports to Russia and bring the production to $ 1 billion a year, but this program did not find its response in the executive structures. According to him, Armenia produces 1 cubic meter perlite at a price of $ 300, in Russia the same product could be sold at a price of $ 800, and in Europe - for $ 1200. "The profitability is so high that all transportation costs will pay off," Gevorgyan assured, adding that only in Russia the requirements for heat and sound insulation plates made of perlite are 50 million cubic meters, and Armenia could supply up to 15 million cubic meters. m. "Do not take this opportunity means to commit a crime, especially since the deposit, which is capable of providing the enterprise with raw materials for 300 years, is close," the head of the Council believes. He stated his readiness to donate 49% of shares in favor of the state free of charge in order to solve the task.
He recalled that during the Soviet era Zangezur Copper and Molybdenum Combine was the customer of construction of the enterprise, which in the post-Soviet period, being privatized, lost interest in the same initiated project. "In this, CJSC Kocharian (Robert Kocharian - the second president of Armenia -red.) Brought his share to 90%, and about Karakert factory he does not care," Suren Gevorgyan was indignant. He added that he now has to seat the thresholds of official structures in order to find the necessary financial resources, since commercial banks of the country do not issue credit to an inactive enterprise, and international financial institutions require state guarantees. "Everywhere I hear the same answer: there is no money," the head of the enterprise stated.
The chairman of the commission, the head of the public organization Union of Domestic Producers Vazgen Safaryan said that he spoke on this issue with the Vice-Premier, Minister of International Economic Integration and Reforms Vache Gabrielyan, who proposed to submit proposals to the ministry headed by him to activate the plant. To this end, the members of the commission decided to form a working group of experts who will conduct the certification of the plant, develop a cost estimate for submission to the government and seek a solution to the problem within the framework of public-private partnership.
The plant contains a procurement site, where basalt is sorted, grinding, blending, stirring and feeding into a open-hearth furnace (production capacity 32 tons/day with a temperature of 1500-1550 ш C). There are also automatic devices for pressing basalt casting. The main advantage of the plant is the unique structure of annealing furnaces for Europe, which makes it possible to obtain acid-resistant items from basalt casting of the most complex configuration and ideal quality. There is a workshop with all the necessary equipment for the production of glass, crystal and windshield manufacturing for all types of cars, where special equipment is installed for heat treatment of glass and shaping it. The plant is provided with two independent power stations, gas and oil supply systems, water supply (artesian wells, 2 pumping stations), boiler room, 7 boilers, mechanical section, waste treatment plant, 3-storey administrative building, underground sewerage, railway, new locomotive, asphalted roads, warehouses, transport, etc.
The plant is located 4-7 km from large nonmetallic ore deposits and is able to become the center of complex processing of nonmetallic ore materials of Armenia (diatomite, perlite, basalt, tuff, zeolite).