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NEW DOUBLE-HULL BARGE TO SERVE MOBIL'S CALIFORNIA REFINERY

 FAIRFAX, Va., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobil Corporation (NYSE: MOB) said today it has put into service a new double-hull tug-and-barge unit to serve the waterborne crude needs of its refinery at Torrance, Calif., near Los Angeles. Most of the Torrance Refinery's crude supply arrives via pipeline, but for years a supplemental 30 thousand barrels per day has come by a small single-hull tanker, the Syosset. That vessel can now be retired.
 The new barge, the B-230, has a capacity of 145,000 barrels of oil and is the first double-hull, ocean-going barge of its size to meet federal requirements for such vessels under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The vessel is equipped with the latest, state-of-the art equipment to assure safety, reliability, and protection of the environment, including segregated-ballast, inert-gas, and vapor-recovery systems.
 Mobil took delivery of the B-230 tug-barge unit in April under a time-charter arrangement with Bouchard Transportation Company. The vessel will usually load crude for Torrance at the Estero Bay offshore terminal, near the California city of San Luis Obispo, and transport it to Mobil's Southwest Terminal in Long Beach.
 Mobil's Torrance Refinery provides gasoline and distillates for the company's southern California and Arizona markets.
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 /CONTACT: John Lord of Mobil, 703-846-2500/
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