Sources: Along with prime minister’s post, RPA determined to make some other staff reshuffles – Sharmazanov taking parliament speaker’s position, Haroutiunyan going back to the justice ministry, while Sargsyan to engage in diplomacy
by Arthur Yernjakyan
Rosneft is ready to invest in 400 mln USD in construction of a tyre plant in Armenia, Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Sargsyan said at the Dec 27 press conference.
He said that the tyres will be made of rubber, and rubber production will be re-launched at Nairit Plant. (Due to financial problems, Nairit has been idle since 2010 - editor's note). Pirelli (Italy) will also take part in the creation of the new enterprise. The Premier added that Armenia is currently negotiating on creation of the new plant and on redemption of Nairit's debts.
It was reported earlier that in October 2013 Jacobs (UK) competed the environmental audit of Nairit Plant CJSC, the sole rubber manufacturer in the CIS. The audit was commissioned by Rosneft (Russia), which is gong to re-launch butadiene technology of rubber production at the Armenian chemical plant. To recall, the Plant used the butadiene technology of rubber production in the 1970s. In the 1990s it switched to the acetylene technology. The Plant has been idle since 2010. The design capacity of the Nairit is 9-10 thsd tons of acetylene rubber and 25-26 thsd tons of butadiene rubber per annum.
y the end of the 1980s the Plant covered 10-12% of the world market. In 2006, 90% of the company's shares were sold to Rhinoville Property Limited (UK). Now 89.999% of Nairit Plant's shares belong to Rhinoville Property Limited, and the remaining 4.496% - to the Armenian Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, 3.596% - to ArmRusgasprom CJSC, and 1.907% - to the Yerevan Thermal Power Plant. The fixed assets of the Plant and its major shareholder Rhinoville Property Limited passed into the ownership of the Interstate Bank due to non-redemption of a loan. The loan ($70 mln) was provided in 2006 for 5 years - till the end of December 2011 at 12.5% p.a. The Plant's current debt is $130 mln.