SOVIETS' CASPIAN SEA DRILLING ACTIVITY FALLS

The Soviet Union's Caspian Sea drilling in first quarter 1990 fell to its lowest point since the 1950s, and this year's footage most likely will be far short of target. Renewed ethnic unrest in Azerbaijan caused much of the sharp drop in Caspian drilling early this year. Problems were compounded by failure of the big fabricating yard near Baku to provide jackets for platforms as scheduled. The Soviets had hoped to increase Caspian Sea drilling by 40% in 1986-90 compared with 1981-85,

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