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DIAMOND SHAMROCK COMPLETES MAJOR EXPANSION AT THREE RIVERS REFINERY

 SAN ANTONIO, Texas, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- With the start-up of the new hydrocracker at its Three Rivers refinery June 15, Diamond Shamrock (NYSE: DRM) completed the company's largest-ever refinery expansion project.
 Diamond Shamrock CEO and Chairman Roger Hemminghaus says that the expansion will increase gasoline production at the refinery by as much as 50 percent.
 "Completion of this project significantly increases capacity of our Three Rivers refinery and its flexibility to produce high-value petroleum product," he states.
 "Located in South Texas, the Three Rivers refinery is ideally positioned to supply gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel to growing markets in South and Central Texas and, increasingly, to Mexico."
 Mike Milam, director of operations at the company's San Antonio headquarters, says that the 25,000 barrel per day (BPD) hydrocracker is the central piece of the expansion project. The unit upgrades hydrogen and heavy oils produced in the refining process to higher-value products such as gasoline and diesel.
 According to Milam, the charge to the crude unit will increase from 53,000 to 70,000 barrels per day.
 In addition to the hydrocracker, the project included expansion of the crude unit and the CCR (continuous catalyst regeneration) reformer; addition of a light-ends unit and 20,000 BPD naphtha hydrotreater; and construction of a new quality-control laboratory.
 Diamond Shamrock, Inc., with annual sales of $2.6 billion, is a regional refiner and marketer of petroleum products. The San Antonio- based corporation has two Texas refineries, markets gasoline through approximately 2,000 Diamond Shamrock branded outlets, manufactures and markets petrochemicals, and stores and markets natural gas liquids.
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 /CONTACT: Peggy Mayfield, public relations of Diamond Shamrock, 210-641-8644/
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