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Balkanabat, Balkan Province, Turkmenistan

latitude: 39.5113, longitude: 54.3598
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Balkanabat is a city in Balkan Province, Turkmenistan at latitude 39°30′40.68″ North, longitude 54°21′35.28″ East.

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Balkanabat is the capital of Balkan Province (Balkan welaýaty) of Turkmenistan. It features a domestic airport, two hotels, and is a hub of the petroleum industry.

Statue honoring the first oilfield explorers in Balkanabat (see

Notes on the City of Balkanabat

Balkanabat, formerly known as Nebit Dag (meaning "Petroleum Mountain" in Turkmen, Russian: Небит Даг), is an industrial city. As its former name implies, the major industries revolve around oil extraction and processing. Balkanabat features a statue honoring the first oil field explorers.

Please see Turkmenistan: General Naming Conventions


Balkanabat, as a welaýat capital, is categorized by the government of Turkmenistan as a city (şäher, город) "with status of ... a district" (etrap, район). Law stipulates such cities must have population over 30,000 and be the administrative center of a province (welaýat). Such cities are headed by a presidentially appointed häkim. Accordingly, Balkanabat should be tagged place=city and admin_level=8. See Turkmenistan#Administrative_Subdivisions for additional detail.

Infrastructure Projects

The Turkmen government announced in January 2021 a tender to renovate and expand the existing airfield in Jebel, a nearby suburb of Balkanabat, to serve the provincial capital. The landing strip is to be lengthened to 2700 meters and widened to 45 meters, with a terminal able to handle 100 passengers per hour. The third floor of the terminal building to be constructed is to serve as the control tower.[1]

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