ENERGY BRIEFS

ENERGY BRIEFS

ENERGY SHORTAGES HALT

INDUSTRY IN ARMENIAIndustrial enterprises in Armenia came to a standstill Tuesday on the orders of the Armenian emergency committee for the national economy because of the current energy crisis, the British Broadcasting reported, citing a Tass report.

Natural gas supplies in Armenia are only being used for heating purposes, while oil and other fuel is not arriving because of railway worker strikes in Georgia, Tass said.

The agency added that rail traffic had restarted in Azerbaijan and that heating oil is expected to reach Armenia soon.

KAZAKHSTAN MINERS

STRIKE OVER PRICE HIKES

LONDON - About half of the coal mines in northern Kazakhstan's Karaganda region are on strike over the recent sharp price increases, Moscow Radio reported Tuesday in a broadcast monitored here by the British Broadcasting Corp.

"The miners are demanding that 15 percent of the coal extracted be transferred to the ownership of labor collectives and that the provision of foodstuffs to miners be guaranteed," Moscow Radio reported.

No further details were available, including the number of miners on strike.

REFINERY DEREGULATION

FACES DELAY IN JAPAN

TOKYO - Deregulation of Japan's oil refining is unlikely to occur this April, a Ministry of Trade and Industry official said Tuesday.

The ministry has not even started working out the details of lifting the controls on refinery utilization levels, the official said. "The process will start soon, and it (is going to take) a year," he said.

Under the ministry's five-year plan for deregulation of the oil industry, lifting the restriction on refinery runs should be implemented after April 1.

But the plan allows for some flexibility, and allowing refiners to process as much crude oil as they want could take place by the end of 1992, the official said.

US SEEKS ARAB OIL

FOR STRATEGIC RESERVE

NICOSIA, Cyprus - A senior U.S. energy official, seeking Arab oil for Washington's Strategic Petroleum Reserve, met with Saudi Oil Minister Hisham Nazer, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

It said U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Henson Moore and Mr. Nazer discussed ''bilateral cooperation, especially in the petroleum fields" but gave no further details.

Mr. Moore said in Kuwait on Saturday that he would discuss with Saudi Arabia and other countries on his Persian Gulf tour a long-term contract to help supply oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.