More than 2,000 young East Germans are working on the Siberia-West Europe gas pipeline following their special request to be assigned to the project.
GV Crane lifts huge pipe along pipeline construction area in Ivanovo-Frankovsk district in western Soviet Ukraine
SV Workers welding pipe join (3 shots)
GV PAN Woman and men workers stand next to pipe
SV PULL BACK TO GV Welder at work on pipe joining section, inspectors view his work, then walk past pipe
SV Worker using sanding machine on rim of pipe (2 shots)
SV Workers adjusting clamp over pipe
GV Flags including East German, fly outside construction site
CU Sign for construction site hostel for workers
GV PAN Construction site hostel for workers
GV East German magazines and newspapers being sold to workers (3 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO GV Workers playing chess
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Background: More than 2,000 young East Germans are working on the Siberia-West Europe gas pipeline following their special request to be assigned to the project. The workers, all members of the Union of the Free German Youth, asked East German President Erich Honecker to send them on a special mission to help in the construction of the project that will carry natural gas from Siberia to parts of Western Europe. More than half of them are working near the town of Bogorodtchani in the Ivanovo-Frankovsk district, where the first two adjoining sections of the linear stretch of the pipeline are being welded and inspected. The East German team will lay piping through 140 kilometres (70 miles) of terrain, passing through the Carpathian Mountains, where a compressor station will be built. The young workers are housed in hostels near the construction site. They have their own medical centre, post office, and they can buy East German newspapers and magazines -- and relax together in the recreation lounge.