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CHEVRON PLANS TO USE ETBE NEXT SUMMER FOR REFORMULATED GASOLINE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 CHEVRON PLANS TO USE ETBE NEXT SUMMER
 FOR REFORMULATED GASOLINE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Chevron U.S.A. Products Co. (NYSE: CHV) announced today that for two months next summer the company is planning to use ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) as an alternative to methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) in its gasolines sold in Southern California. MTBE is a natural gas-based methanol oxygenate, while ETBE is a corn-derived, ethanol-based oxygenate.
 "We are evaluating our options in order to comply with the federal requirement to add oxygenates to gasoline sold in the nation's worst smog areas," said Dave Hoyer, president of Chevron U.S.A. Products Company. "Using ethanol-based ETBE eliminates air pollution concerns caused by blending ethanol directly into gasoline."
 Testing is under way as final confirmation that the addition of ETBE will meet Chevron's high standards for quality products.
 When compared to MTBE, ETBE offers higher octane and makes it easier to meet vapor pressure limits, which help to reduce vehicle emissions of smog-forming hydrocarbons, Hoyer said.
 Chevron has three MTBE plants in operation or under construction that could be modified slightly to produce either MTBE or ETBE. Favorable results with ETBE would allow the company further flexibility in choosing among a variety of oxygenates for meeting Clean Air Act requirements.
 Chevron U.S.A. Products Co., based in San Francisco, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products in the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Libbey of Chevron, 415-894-4440/
 (CHV) CO: Chevron U.S.A. Products Company ST: California IN: OIL SU: PDT


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