INTRODUCTION: The Soviet Union ranks second in the world in aluminium production.
GV & PAN aluminium complex Regar City, South Tadzhikistan
GV interior, moving gantry crane
CU molten aluminium being poured into smelter
CU zoom out GV aluminium being poured into moulds
GV aluminium castings being checked in warehouse
GV exterior aluminium complex
GV air purifying system
GV & CU two men and a woman taking samples from purifying system (2 shots)
SVs women testing samples in laboratory (4 shots)
CU roses by roadside, zoom out to GV building near complex
GVs housing near complex (3 shots) with flowers and trees outside
GV people crossing square, pan to modern building
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Soviet Union ranks second in the world in aluminium production. In general Soviet industry is not living up to its targets. The five-year plan announced on 2 December (1980) calls for industrial production to rise by an average of five percent a year. But Western experts have predicted that the Soviet growth rate will climb no higher than two percent. Certainly the USSR fell short of the 6.3 percent goal of its last five-year plan, achieving an average of just over 4.7 percent. In the wake of this criticism the new aluminium plant at Regar, about 200 km (125 miles) north of Afghanistan is an object of pride to the Soviet administration.
SYNOPSIS: The plant forms part of the South Tadzhik industrial complex where 15 enterprises have been set up.
The USSR produced an estimated total of 1,670,000 metric tons of unwrought aluminium in 1978. The new plant is part of an effort to boost that figure. There are plans to build a second production line to help reach the target of the whole complex, which is aiming to increase production by between 24 and 27 percent.
The Soviet Union has been criticized over its pollution record, though even its sharpest detractors concede that it has never reached the levels of the West. The massive air purifying system at the Regar plant uses ventilation shafts which absorb 95 percent of harmful gases. And checks are kept on air and water pollution levels as far as 10 km (six miles) away.
Roses growing by the roadside near the complex bear witness to the success of the anti-pollution campaign, though the fact that the town lies at the foot of the highest mountain range in the Soviet Union helps. New housing in pleasant streets is going up all the time, and the population of 40,000 is constantly on the increase in one of the youngest towns in Tadzhikistan.