JOINT VENTURES: Glasnost Makes a Deal

Glasnost Makes a Deal

In the year since Mikhail Gorbachev announced a sweetening of incentives for foreign investment in Soviet industry, many U.S. corporations have nibbled but none have bitten until now. Last week a Connecticut petroleum-engineering firm signed up for a $16 million U.S.-Soviet joint venture to develop control systems for oil refineries and petrochemical plants. Combustion Engineering of Stamford will supply the technological know-how, while the Soviet oil ministry provides equipment and labor. Although control over the venture is tipped 51% to 49% in favor of the Soviets, the pact offers something for both sides: Moscow gets access to badly needed technology, and...