Kohtla-Järve and Akhtma Gas Shale Plants

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Газосланцевые заводы Кохтла-Ярве и Ахтма

The Kohtla-Järve and Ahtme gas shale plants are located in the northeastern part of Estonia.

The decision to build a new oil shale processing complex in Kohtla-Järve was made by the USSR State Security Committee in 1945. In the same year, Lentransproekt conducted an engineering-geological survey of sites for the construction of the Kohtla-Järve and Akhtme gas shale plants.

In 1948, the delivery of household gas produced from oil shale to Leningrad began. Later, the gas pipeline was directed to Tallinn and other cities in northern Estonia.

In 1960, the city of Ahtme was incorporated into Kohtla-Järve.