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STERLING CHEMICALS ANNOUNCES IT HAS OPENED AN OFFICE IN BEIJING

 HOUSTON, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sterling Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: STX), announced today that the company and its subsidiary, Sterling Pulp Chemicals, Ltd., have opened a representative office in Beijing, the Peoples Republic of China.
 The office will be staffed by three natives of China: Ms. Ye Jie, who will represent petrochemicals, Mr. Sun Bao Zou, who will represent pulp chemicals, and Ms. Liu Ling, who will manage the office.
 J. Virgil Waggoner, Sterling's president and chief executive officer, said, "We are excited about the establishment of the Beijing office, given the business opportunities and growth potential of China for both our petrochemical and pulp chemical businesses. We are pleased to have been able to retain such qualified individuals to represent us in China."
 Sterling is a major producer of seven intermediate petrochemical products -- styrene monomer, acrylonitrile, acetic acid, plasticizers, lactic acid, tertiary butylamine and sodium cyanide -- at its facilities in Texas City, Texas. Through its subsidiaries, the company also produces sodium chlorate at four plants and sodium chlorite at one plant, all in Canada, and licenses and constructs large-scale chlorine dioxide generators used by the pulp industry. Sterling Chemicals is headquartered in Houston. The company's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol STX.
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 /CONTACT: J. David Heaney of Sterling Chemicals, 713-650-3700/
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