Cyrillic Ымамназар
Ymamnazar is located in Turkmenistan
Location in Turkmenistan
Coordinates: 37°14′56″N 65°15′47″E / 37.24889°N 65.26306°E / 37.24889; 65.26306
CountryFlag of Turkmenistan.svg Turkmenistan
ProvinceLebap Province
DistrictKerki District
Time zoneUTC+5 (TMT)

Ymamnazar (also Ymam Nazar, Imamnazar) is a remote settlement in Turkmenistan's Lebap province. It is situated immediately adjacent to Turkmenistan's southern border with Afghanistan, opposite to Aqina. The nearest city in Turkmenistan is Kerki.

In 2007, an international border crossing point was opened in Ymamnazar,[1] making it one of two international border crossings on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan border, the other being Serhetabat-Torghundi. The border crossing is officially called "Saparmurat", after Saparmurat "Turkmenbashy" Niyazov, the first president of Turkmenistan.

There are basic transshipment facilities here, including a small oil terminal[2] for shipping Turkmen hydrocarbons onward into Afghanistan.


The passenger rail station at Ymamnazar, Turkmenistan, on the border with Afghanistan.

In 2015, Ymamnazar became the southern terminus of a railway line from Kerki.[3] In 2016 the line was extended across the border into Afghanistan to Aqina and opened for traffic in November 2016.[4] It is one of only three railways in Afghanistan. The line is eventually planned to form part of railway corridor through northern Afghanistan,[5] linking Turkmenistan with Tajikistan via Sheberghan, Mazar-i-Sharif and Sher Khan Bandar.

Petroleum Depot

As of November 2016 Ymamnazar featured a petroleum depot with 45,000 m3 capacity. The depot is designed for delivery of fuel to Afghanistan, and includes 12 storage tanks for motor fuels and liquid petroleum gas, including seven tanks of 5,000 m3 each and five tanks of 2,000 m3 each. Design capacity of the depot is 540,000 tonnes per year. Fuel is delivered to the petroleum depot by rail and by a pipeline from the Seýdi oil refinery.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "New Imamnazar border crossing point opened on Turkmen-Afghan border". Türkmenistan.ru. 11 August 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  2. ^ "On the Turkmen-Afghan border the terminal of oil products Imamnazar is put into operation". Nebit-Gaz. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  3. ^ Grantham, Andrew. "Turkmenistan to Imamnazar, Aqina and Andkhoy". Railways of Afghanistan. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  4. ^ Salehai, Zarghona (28 November 2016). "Afghan-Turkmenistan railroad inaugurated". Pajhwok Afghan News. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  5. ^ Grantham, Andrew (31 October 2016). "TAT Railway". Railways of Afghanistan. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Argus Транспорт Каспия" (in Russian). Argus Media. 25 November 2016. p. 9.

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