Soviet Energy in the 1980s

  • David R. Marples


Soviet Ukraine, the location of the Chernobyl plant, plays an integral role in the USSR’s Energy Programme, the outlook of which has been forecast up to the year 2000. It may seem paradoxical to refer to an “energy crisis” in the USSR, given that it is one of the few countries in the world that to date has not had to import energy resources. The difficulties that have arisen in this sphere have been a result less of the amount of raw material supplies than of the expenditures required to extract and transport them to the principal consuming areas in the European part of the Soviet Union.


Coal Industry Kuznetsk Basin Annual Average Increase Donetsk Basin Soviet Authority 
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© David R. Marples 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Marples
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  1. 1.Canadian Institute of Ukrainian StudiesUniversity of AlbertaCanada

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