SOVIET PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION SHOWS DECLINE

The U.S.S.R.'s long pipeline construction boom has fallen victim to Moscow's severe shortage of funds and the nation's overall petroleum industry decline. Soviet crews probably will lay fewer large diameter trunk lines during the early 1990s than at any time since the 1960s. That is in sharp contrast with other parts of the world that are undergoing a surge of pipeline construction sparked by rising demand for natural gas (OGJ, Sept. 9, p. 20).

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