LONG DELAYED SOVIET REFINERY STARTS UP

The U.S.S.R. has commissioned its first grassroots refinery in more than 6 years. Start-up of the plant, near Chardzhou on the Amu Darya river in Southeast Turkmenistan (Soviet Central Asia), has been long delayed-more than 15 years. Even now the Chardzhou refinery is capable of producing only mazut (heavy fuel oil) and diesel fuel. Gasoline production is slated to begin "shortly." First 60,000 b/d phase of the Chardzhou refinery originally was scheduled to go on stream in 1975. But work on

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