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AMOCO ROLLS OUT IMPROVED PREMIUM GASOLINE WITH LOWER EMISSIONS, LESS DEPOSIT-FORMING IMPURITIES

 AMOCO ROLLS OUT IMPROVED PREMIUM GASOLINE
 WITH LOWER EMISSIONS, LESS DEPOSIT-FORMING IMPURITIES
 CHICAGO, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-- Amoco Oil Company has begun selling in the Midwest an improved premium gasoline that is refined an extra step and that -- when compared with and without the extra step -- reduces hydrocarbon emissions 13 percent and has less deposit-forming impurities.
 Comparitive emissions tests of Amoco Ultimate refined with and without the extra process reveal that the extra distillation reduces hydrocarbon emissions from a car's tail pipe by an average of 13 percent. The improved product, Crystal Clear Amoco Ultimate, is also unique because it is the only colorless, or crystal clear, premium gasoline on the market today.
 Amoco recently implemented the extra refining step at its Whiting, Ind., refinery to produce the improved gasoline for its Midwest markets.
 "This product not only reduces hydrocarbon emissions, but contains fewer harmful impurities that can form engine deposits and hinder performance," said Robert J. Rauscher, Amoco's marketing vice president. "It's a product with a difference our customers will see in its crystal clear color and will feel through improved engine performance."
 Markets throughout the Midwest that are supplied by the Whiting refinery, including Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, are now receiving the improved gasoline.
 Amoco estimates hydrocarbon emissions from automobiles are lower by 500,000-two million pounds per year across its Crystal Clear Amoco Ultimate marketing area because of the fuel's cleaner-burning properties. Hydrocarbon emissions are a concern because they react with sunlight to form smog.
 The product is colorless by virtue of an extra refining step that removes "heavy" deposit-forming materials, known as polynuclear aromatics (PNAs), from the gasoline. These materials contribute to engine intake valve deposits that can lead to poor starting and acceleration, rough idle, and higher octane requirements. PNAs also give other premium gasolines their color.
 Amoco's extra refining step involves running a high-octane blending component, which gives Amoco Ultimate its 93 octane rating, through a rerun tower at its Whiting, Ind., refinery. The heavy materials are removed, recovered, and sold to Amoco Chemical Company for use in the production of plastic products.
 This refinery equipment has been in place at Amoco's Texas City, Texas, and Yorktown, Va., refineries -- which supply Amoco's markets in the eastern and southern United States -- for several years. Similar equipment has recently been installed at the Whiting refinery and will supply Crystal Clear Amoco Ultimate to the company's midwest markets.
 "A crystal clear premium gasoline is a very visible way to show customers the quality and environmental benefits of our product," Rauscher said.
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 CONTACT: Jim Fair, 312-856-5566 or Tom Mueller, 312-856-5388, both of Amoco Oil Company/ CO: Amoco Oil Company ST: Illinois IN: OIL SU: PDT


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