Memoirs of a Gasman: The Russian story, Part 1


After recounting business in the Baltic States in his first instalment, the gasman returns with his Russian recollections as the memoirs continue.

In the beginning…
AGA had a long history in Russia; it started with sales of navigation equipment in the Finnish Bay in 1908 and at the time of the Russian revolution (1917), the company was represented with gas and equipment all the way from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific.

At that time AGA was mainly working with different types of signalling system, as well as lighthouses operated on acetylene. The production of lighthouses, welding equipment and central heating equipment continued after the revolution, but finally stopped in 1936.

Acetylene plants were built in Petrograd (St. Petersburg) and Moscow, while AGA also acquired land for acetylene plants in Nishni Novgorod and Jekatrineslav (Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine), but due to the revolution the plants were never constructed.

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