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SHELL OIL COMPANY AND THE GAS COMPANY OPEN RETAIL NATURAL GAS OUTLET

 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Shell Oil Company and The Gas Company today unveiled the first retail outlet to offer compressed natural gas to motorists in Riverside County. The retail outlet will be located at the Shell service station at 12441 Heacock St. at Highway 60 in Moreno Valley, Calif. and will be operated by Shell Oil Company.
 "Shell is pleased to participate in this project with The Gas Company. Opening this facility in Moreno Valley will assist in determining the public's acceptance of compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel," said Chuck Shepherd, manager Business Development and Planning for Shell Oil Company.
 "The availability of natural gas for vehicles in Moreno Valley will further expand the network of NGV (natural gas vehicle) fueling sites now being built throughout Southern California," says James Gourley, regional manager for The Gas Company. "This is the 34th fueling site now open in SoCalGas' service area; by 1996 over 150 natural gas fueling stations will dot the Southland."
 Shell opened California's first retail natural gas facility in Sacramento in April 1991 in partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric Company. With the addition of this facility, Shell will have a total of nine compressed natural gas facilities located at Shell service stations in Houston, Lubbock and Odessa, Texas; Sacramento and San Diego, Calif.; Lafayette and New Orleans, La. and West Palm Beach, Fla. Shell plans to open an additional six compressed natural gas fueling facilities at Shell stations before the end of the year.
 "Although Shell's primary focus remains on the development of environmentally enhanced gasolines, we want to continue to find out more about alternative fuels as a step toward improving air quality," added Shepherd.
 Shell Oil Company is a leading U.S. oil, gas and petrochemical company. Shell is one of the leading gasoline retailers in the United States and sells its products through approximately 8,700 service stations in 38 states and Washington, D.C.
 The Gas Company is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Friend of The Gas Company, 213-244-2549, or Kitty


Borah of Shell, 713-241-4544/

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