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MTBE PLANT TO BE BUILT AT WOOD RIVER MANUFACTURING COMPLEX

 MTBE PLANT TO BE BUILT AT WOOD RIVER MANUFACTURING COMPLEX
 HOUSTON, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Shell Oil Company announced today that the company's Wood River, Ill., manufacturing complex has been selected as the third Shell site to make MTBE (Methyl tertiary butyl ether), an ingredient to improve gasoline environmental performance.
 Plans for construction of similar units at Shell's Deer Park, Texas, and Norco, La., plants were announced in December 1991. Start-up of the two previously announced MTBE plants is expected by late 1993 with start-up of the Wood River plant expected in 1994. The three MTBE plants have a combined capacity of 15,000 barrels per day.
 The company said these new facilities should provide long-term supply of MTBE for a significant portion of its needs.
 MTBE is blended into gasoline to reduce carbon monoxide emissions. The Clean Air Act mandates oxygenated gasoline by the fall of 1992 for approximately 40 major U. S. metropolitan non-attainment areas for carbon monoxide.
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