YEREVAN, February 3. / ARKA /. An Armenian parliament member from the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation/Dashnaktsutyun called on fellow lawmakers today to set up an ad hoc commission to look into the situation around Armenia’s idle chemical plant Nairit.
Speaking to reporters Artsvik Minasyan said the commission must study a string of issues, including how workers back wages have piled, the plant’s operation and Armenian government’s talks with Russia over the sale of the facility.
He said the issue is very likely to be discussed at a meeting of a parliamentary commission before the full session on February 24-27 February.
Officials from Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft, Pirelli Tyre Russia and Rosneft- Armenia signed in Yerevan on December 25 a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture for production of synthetic rubber at nairit. The memorandum and several other agreements aimed at enhancing cooperation were signed after the meeting of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan with Rosneft head Igor Sechin.
At the order of Russian President Vladimir Putin a special delegation was said to have arrived in Armenia to assess the available opportunities and develop specific action program to modernize Nairit plant.
In 2006, 90% of Nairit’s shares were sold to British RHinoville Property Limited for $40 million. The remaining 10% belong to the Armenian government. RHinоville Property Limited was set up by Polish Samex, US Intertex and Russian Eurogaz.
In April 2010 the plant stopped producing rubber. Before the halt, it sold synthetic rubber to EU countries, Russia (about 30% of the exports), the United States and 20 other countries. -0-