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SHELL ANNOUNCES PLANS TO MANUFACTURE CLEAN BURNING FUEL COMPONENT

SHELL ANNOUNCES PLANS TO MANUFACTURE CLEAN BURNING FUEL COMPONENT
    HOUSTON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Shell Oil Company today announced plans to construct three new plants to manufacture MTBE (Methyl tertiary butyl ether), an ingredient to improve gasoline environmental performance.
    The MTBE plant construction program, including supporting facilities, will begin in early 1992 at Shell manufacturing complexes in Deer Park, Texas and Norco, La.  The location for the third plant is under consideration.  Start-up of all three MTBE plants with a combined capacity of 15,000 barrels per day is expected by late 1993.
    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 carbon monoxide "non- attainment" areas.
    "These new facilities will insure long-term supply of MTBE for a significant portion of our needs," said Steven L. Miller, president of Shell Refining and Marketing Company.  "Additional investments to enhance our competitive position by upgrading our 'clean fuels' manufacturing capabilities will be announced in the future."
    Shell already is marketing an MTBE-enhanced, unleaded premium gasoline, SU 2000E(TM), in the nine metropolitan areas identified as having the nation's most severe ground-level air quality problems, plus in Washington, D.C.
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    /CONTACT:  H. R. Hutchins or E. A. Pengelly, 713-241-4544, or N. Altstedter, 212-632-4888, all of Shell Oil Company/ CO:  Shell Oil Company ST:  Texas IN:  OIL SU: SM -- NY104 -- 9890 12/05/91 17:43 EST
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