TECHNOLOGY Modernizing crude-oil pipelines critical in new Russian economic climate

Valery Davydovich ChernyaevTransneftMoscow A Russian energy policy under new economic conditions presupposes a fundamental restructuring of the nation's fuel and energy complex and conversion of the Russian economy to energy conservation. Key in the development of such a policy is the nation's crude-oil pipeline system (Fig. 1 [70569 bytes]) and its development. Of the several scenarios for Russia's transition to market conditions, the most favorable postulates stabilization of oil production at 2.4 billion bbl/year followed by slight growth. This production compares with the more than 4.8 billion bbl/year of crude oil being produced in the former Soviet Union up to 19...

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