GAZPROM AIMS TO BOOST SOVIET GAS EXPORTS
The U.S.S.R.'s state owned Gazprom firm has high hopes of boosting Soviet gas export profits through a joint venture with a German pipeline company operating in what formerly was East German territory. First pipe for the new enterprise has been laid near Dresden, Moscow News reported. It said the pipeline will supply western Siberian gas to Germany's eastern areas. Under the joint venture agreement, Gazprom became a 50-50 partner with Germany's Stegal GmbH gas transmission company.