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March 10, 1955
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Approved For Release 2008/06/27: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA006100150002-9 Inferior Quality of Soviet Iron Ore Deliveries This material contains information affecting the National Defense of the United States within the meaning of the Espionage Laws, Title 18, U.S.C. Secs. 793 and 794, the transmission or revelation of which in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited by law. NOFORN COUNTRY Hungary/USSR DATE OF INFO. PLACE ACQUIRED DATE ACQUIRED REPORT DATE DISTR. NO. OF PAGES 45110 REQUIREMENT NO. RD REFERENCES 10 March 1955 1. The poor quality of Soviet iron ore deliveries to Hungary is causing constant trouble in the dzd and DibsgL-Iron Works. In particular, the dusty form of the iron ore results in large quantities being blown away by the draught from the upper parts of the blast furnaces. On the other hand, if the furnaces are fed too compactly, the draught is blocked. 2. The Hungarians have repeatedly intervened with Soviet representatives in Budapest with a view to obtaining better-quality ore. As these interventions have had no result, an official of the Ministry for Metallurgy and the Engineering Industries visited the Don Basin iron-ore mines in November 1954, to discuss the problem. 3. The Hungarian official returned from this trip empty-handed. The Soviet mining officials informed him that they could not supply better-quality ore, and that if the Hungarians find it too dusty, they should make it into briquettes before feeding their furnaces. 4. In his report on his trip, the Hungarian official explained that the Soviets have the most elaborate and modern equipment for sorting ore, which could be run efficiently by 183 persons. However,, this equipment is not used,and some four thousand workers are employed in uorting the ore by hand. The Soviets explained to the Hungarian official that they find this old me thod of sorting by hand more satisfactory. In the opinion of the Hungarian official, however, the real explanation is that they have not the trained men to run the modern equipment. 5. Unable to solve his problem in the East, the Hungarian official was sent to the West in the middle of Dacember, 19549 with a view to investigating modern Western methods for dealing with inferior--qualityforese His mission is being treated as highly confidential, as the 0w...nd Diosgy Iron Works are most anxious to conceal it both from the Russiant and from the Stalin Iron corks, which they regard as bitter competitors and rivals. The Hungarian official is hoping to ascertain methods for feeding blast furnaces with inferior-quality 25X1 ores, which overcome the disadvantages which they are at present experiencing. Failing this, he will investigate the possibilities of purchasing equipment for making dusty ore into briquettes. SECRET N OF.ORN CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY C FBI ~~ AEC Approved For Release 2008/06/27: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA006100150002-9