The soviet union, by virtue of its importance as a major world power, as a large industrial state, and as a major energy producer and consumer, has been a subject of continued interest to specialists in the industrial and mining communities of the world. Despite a comparative wealth of literature on fuels and energy, however, there has been little reliable reporting on the future prospects or export potential of the energy industries. Of the mass of data reported by the soviet union on energy and fuels, the trade journals have adequately covered only the more general information. If the average reader accepts some of this general reporting at face value, he may arrive at some misleading conclusions. For example, he may equate with standard western reporting the soviet data which include large quantities of lower rank fuels in gross coal production figures and estimates of refinery product yields. However, more accurate data are available in more obscure soviet sources. This review is based solely on available soviet reporting on energy and should provide the basis for an estimate of the probably future course of soviet fuel and energy exports.
Combustion, V. 43, No. 7, January 1972, PP. 6-18