ENERGY BRIEFS

ENERGY BRIEFS

NORTH RUSSIAN WORKERS

RESUME OIL STRIKE MOSCOW - Oil workers in the autonomous Komi republic in northern Russia have resumed a strike over pay and conditions, halting work at 42 oil wells, Itar-Tass news agency said Tuesday.It said the oilmen, who stopped production for several days last month demanding improved bonuses, better supplies of consumer goods and the freeing of prices for oil and gas, renewed the strike Monday.

The workers said the government had failed to meet a March 15 deadline to respond to their demands.

Komi accounted for 139 million barrels of total Soviet output of 4.4 billion barrels of oil in 1989, the latest year for which figures were available.

GERMAN FIRM TO HELP

MOSCOW UTILITY REVAMP

HAMBURG, Germany - German energy company RWE will help Mosenergo, the Moscow energy supplier, to be restructured and become a free enterprise, RWE said.

This is part of an outline signed late last week by officials of both companies for cooperation in the energy market, including exploitation, production and transportation of oil and electricity and nuclear power, an RWE spokesman said.

Groups are being formed to work out how the details of the agreement, he added.

MOBIL'S JAPANESE UNIT

MAY SELL NEW GASOLINE

TOKYO - Mobil Corp.'s Japanese subsidiary is considering the sale of a new high-octane gasoline using methyl tertiary butyl ether, a Mobil spokesman said Tuesday.

The company is still undecided on a start date for the new grade, he said.

MTBE is used to boost the octane level in gasoline.