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AMERADA HESS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES DISCONTINUATION OF REFINERY

 NEW YORK, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Amerada Hess Corporation (NYSE: AHC) announced today that it will discontinue operating its Purvis, Miss. refinery on Jan. 15, 1994. The corporation cited current oil market conditions as the primary reason for the shutdown. The corporation stated that the facility will be "moth balled" and preserved in a state of readiness in the event that market conditions justify its startup in the future. The corporation said the terminal at the Purvis facility will continue to operate. Amerada Hess will continue to meet all requirements of its customers.
 The Purvis refinery was built in 1957 and acquired by the corporation in 1971. Its capacity is 30,000 barrels per day. The facility has a thermal catalytic cracking unit and a coker, both of which will cease operating. The facility has approximately 160 employees.
 The company said that after offering an early retirement program and a severance program, a number of employees will be offered employment at the Purvis terminal and at other of the corporation's refining facilities.
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 /CONTACT: C.T. Tursi of Amerada Hess Corporation, 212-536-8593/
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