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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT INTRODUCES NATURAL GAS VEHICLES

 SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco International Airport, in cooperation with a local utility, has installed a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility to serve airport vehicles, as well as United Airlines' aircraft service fleet. The airport has made significant strides in the past in meeting rigid environmental goals from noise mitigation to wastewater treatment. With this installation, the Airports Commission is embarking on a program to assist with air clean-up.
 Gemini Engine Company is the prime contractor for the CNG compression, storage, and delivery systems. To date, 20 airport vehicles have been converted from gasoline to natural gas.
 San Francisco International Airport has always taken environmental responsibilities seriously and continues to be responsive to nearby San Mateo County communities. As San Mateo County's largest employer, this is another positive step toward making the environment cleaner.
 CNG-fueled vehicles reduce pollution from carbon monoxide by 90 percent, from reactive hydrocarbon by 50 percent, and from nitrogen oxides by 30 percent. While converting a liquid-fueled vehicle is a considerable investment, these costs are fully recoverable through reduced fuel costs (40 percent) and reduced maintenance costs (40 to 50 percent).
 With the introduction of the airport's natural gas-powered vehicles comes further reduction of urban air pollution. The Airports Commission intends to continue to play a significant role in meeting or exceeding strict environmental goals.
 The natural gas fueling facility was provided by Gemini Engine Company. Gemini, a Lantana company, is a primary manufacturer of natural gas compressors and compression packages. The company also provides turnkey design and engineering services for complete CNG fueling systems, from compressor to vehicle dispenser. As the leader in CNG fueling systems, Gemini has more than 30 packages in operation or under construction in North, Central, and South America, Eastern Europe, and China. For more information about Gemini, contact Mr. M.B. Parks, 214-342-1587 or fax: 214-342-1589. Gemini's headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Wright of Wright Marketing Communications, 713-840-0840, for Gemini Engine Company/


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