Cuba learnt to be self-sufficient after collapse of Soviet Union

Jul 10, 2000 02:00 AM

Cuba now produces more of its own crude petroleum and gas than it did before it lost crucial oil subsidies with the collapse of the Soviet Union a decade ago, plunging the island nation into a severe economic crisis.
Cuba this year is projected to produce 2.8 mm tons of petroleum, Economics and Planning Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez said. Before the Soviet break-up, Cuba produced only 1 mm tpy of its own petroleum, he said.
The minister said that Cuba also has moved into the extraction and production of other energy products that were "practically non-existent" here in the 1980s, such as natural gas. Cuba is projected to produce 600 bn cm of natural gas for domestic consumption this year, he said.
During the decade-long austerity program known here as the "special period," Cuba has been forced to learn to be self-sufficient, producing many of the products it once received free or heavily subsidised from its former communist allies in the Soviet bloc.

Source: AP
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