U.S.S.R. Oil Power: The Significance of Soviet Oil in Fueling the Navy. (Oelmacht UdSSR: Die Bedeutung des Sowjetischen Oels fuer die Betriebsstoffversorgung der Flotte),
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There is probably no reason for the Soviet naval command to view the future with alarm with respect to the fuel replenishment of the Navy. The logistics requirements, all told, are far more favorable than for the naval forces of NATO. For the Soviet Union as an oil power however, all in all, future development in the energy sector is by no means problem-free. In any event, it is doing everything possible to guarantee its energy supply. That includes primarily the development of enormous natural gas reserves, especially in Siberia. In Siberia also and in Tadzhikistan as well additional water power can be utilized. The construction of nuclear powerplants is still in the initial stage. Nuclear power for ships propulsion has thusfar been employed only on submarines and icebreakers there is still no information concerning plans of nuclear powerplants for surface warships. Probably no one is able to say how long the petroleum reserves of the U.S.S.R. will last.
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