The Soviet Union is increasing oil and gas production in Siberia despite United States' efforts to prevent the piping of gas to Western Europe.
GV Trucks driving through snowbound Siberian landscape.
GVs New multi-storey buildings. (3 SHOTS)
GVs People walking through snow-filled streets. (5 SHOTS)
SV & GV Children playing in snow. (3 SHOTS)
SV Crane for laying pipeline.
GV Two sections of pipe being welded together. (2 SHOTS)
SV Two men working on pipeline.
TV Gas separation plant.
SV & GV Men inspecting gas plant. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN & SV New factory being constructed. (2 SHOTS)
SVs & GV PAN Workmen on construction site. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: The Soviet Union is increasing oil and gas production in Siberia despite United States' efforts to prevent the piping of gas to Western Europe. President Reagan on June 19 tightened pressure on Moscow by extending the US ban on sales of American equipment for a 4,800 kilometre pipeline -- to be built at a cost of 10 thousand million dollars -- which will carry gas to Western Europe. The scheme is supported by West Germany and France, but President Reagan says it will make the West dangerously dependent on Soviet energy supplies. The Soviets, however are going ahead with developments. The town of Nizhnevartovsk, near Western Siberia's richest oil deposit, has grown from 10,000 to 150,000 people in 20 years. It is built on swamps and even major buildings have to be supported on piles. The town produces eight million cubic metres of gas each year along with oil, motor fuel, synthetic rubber and chemicals. The plant is largely automated, and operates through the year, even during severe weather. The Soviets are offering co-production facilities to foreign firms. So far, the Nichimen of Japan, the Japan Steel Works and the Flour company of America have expressed interest.