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Computer Company Announces Deals With Eastern Europe, Soviet Union

June 13, 1990

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) _ Control Data Corp. has announced a $9 million letter of intent by Poland to buy a computerized energy management system.

The computer company also disclosed further details of a technology cooperation agreement it signed with the Soviet Union when Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev visited the company June 3. In addition, it announced plans to install five small mainframe computers in East Germany beginning next month.

The system being ordered by the Poles is expected to be financed by the World Bank, the company said. Under new export restrictions agreed to by the United States and its allies in Paris last week, the sale many not require an export license, said Dieter Porzel, vice president of Control Data’s central Europe region.

When Gorbachev visited the company, Control Data said it hoped to work out a joint venture to help the Soviets build their own computer workstations. On Tuesday, Jim Ousley, president of the company’s computer products group, expanded on the technology agreement that includes that effort.

The agreement calls for pilot projects in civilian nuclear reactor safety, petroleum exploration, electrical energy management and software development. But it calls for no further specific computer sales to the Soviet Union.

Control Data is expecting to receive export approval soon for a six- computer, $32 million sale to the Soviets for nuclear power safety and already has U.S. approval for the sale of three smaller mainframes for oil exploration for $6 million.

The East German deal calls for the installation of mainframes at five universities and government agencies in partnerships with existing West German customers.

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