WESTERN SIBERIA LEADS SLIDE IN FORMER U.S.S.R.'S OIL PRODUCTION

The huge western Siberian basin, which Moscow had counted on to ensure rising Soviet petroleum production into the next century, is instead leading the sharp decline in the former U.S. S. R.'s total oil flow. New data indicate that western Siberia's 1991 crude and condensate production fell to less than 6.5 million b/d. That's down from nearly 7.5 million b/d in 1990 and a peak of 8.28 million b/d in 1988.

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