Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: international 1972
Year 1972, Volume 3 (1972)
Bulgaria, pp. 171-177 ff. PDF (639.4 KB)
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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