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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook area reports: international 1972
Year 1972, Volume 3 (1972)

Michalski, Bernadette
Bulgaria,   pp. 171-177 ff. PDF (639.4 KB)


Page 171

  171The Mineral Industry of Bulgaria 
By Bernadette Michaiski 1 
 Economic measures designed to shift the base of the Bulgarian industrial
economy from small-scale to large-scale industrial units were implemented
in 1971 and began to show promising results by yearend 1972. Bulgarian reports
reveal an increase in labor productivity of 74% over that of the previous
year, whereas industrial output rose by 9.2% and national income rose by
7.9%. The declining production levels in coal, iron ore, and several nonferrous
metals were reversed with the abandonment of small marginal operations. Construction
of 
new facilities and expansion and modernization of existing facilities at
the Kremikovtsi iron and steel plant and the Lenin metallurgical plant were
reflected in moderately increased production of pig iron, crude steel, and
semimanufactured products. Production of nonferrous metals registered only
slight increases but modernization and expansion activities at the Plovdiv,
Kurdzali, and - Pirdop smelters should reflect increased nonferrous metal
output by the close of the sixth 5-year plan in 1975. 
PRODUCTION 
 Gains were reported in the production of most mineral commodities in 1972.
Production of crude petroleum and natural gas, however, continued to decline
increas. 
ing Bulgaria's dependence upon imported fuels. 
 ' Mineral specialist, Division of Fossil Fuels— Mineral Supply. 


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