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KOCH'S MASSIVE SULFUR REMOVAL EQUIPMENT ARRIVES BY RIVER THIS WEEK

 KOCH'S MASSIVE SULFUR REMOVAL EQUIPMENT ARRIVES BY RIVER THIS WEEK
 Fittingly, the barge "Paul Bunyan" is delivering this week the massive 110- and 140-foot sulfur removal vessels that will be installed at Koch Refining Company as part of the company's $220 million Clean Fuels Project.
 Delivery of the 700-ton and 400-ton vessels -- the equivalent weight of three 747 jet airliners -- is scheduled on Saturday, July 25. The Paul Bunyan is expected to pass through the Hastings Lock and Dam No. 2 on the Mississippi southeast of the refinery Thursday, July 23, or Friday, July 24.
 The massive cylinders, manufactured at a total cost of $8.5 million, are key components of systems that will remove sulfur from diesel oil and from the feed to the refining unit that converts heavy oil into gasoline. This will result in the elimination of 36,000 tons of sulfur emissions each year from vehicles throughout Minnesota.
 Once the vessels have been unloaded from the barge, they will be transported to the refinery on a truck with a special flatbed under the supervision of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
 The equipment is being shipped on the Mississippi from New Orleans, where it arrived earlier this month by freighter from Japan.
 The 400-ton unit will be installed and operational this October. Installation of the 700-ton unit will be completed by July 1993. This unit will reduce the amount of sulfur in diesel fuel and fuel oil produced at the refinery by 95 percent, resulting in cleaner air for Minnesota's farms, homes and businesses.
 Koch began construction in March on an ambitious air emissions reduction program, the Clean Fuels Project, that will reduce SO2 emissions by an additional 40 percent, hydrocarbon emissions by 85 percent and particulate emissions by 50 percent. Construction will take 18 months.
 Koch Refining, a leading producer of transportation energy and other fuel products in Minnesota and Wisconsin, is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Wichita, Kan. Koch Industries employs more than 1,000 full- time workers in Minnesota -- 900 at the refinery in Rosemount, Minn.
 CONTACT: Buzz Anderson of Koch Refining, 612-437-0815, or Riff Yeager of Yeager Pine & Mundale, 612-334-8231, for Koch Refining.
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