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TEXACO'S GASIFICATION TECHNOLOGY SELECTED FOR POWER PROJECT IN FLORIDA

TEXACO'S GASIFICATION TECHNOLOGY SELECTED FOR POWER PROJECT IN FLORIDA
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Texaco Inc.'s (NYSE: TX) Alternate Energy group today announced that its gasification technology has been selected for a 260-megawatt (MW) coal-fueled Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plant to be developed and operated by Tampa Electric Company.
 The plant will be located in Polk County, Fla., east of Tampa. Texaco Development Corporation (TDC), the patenting and licensing subsidiary of Texaco Inc., will oversee the gasification licensing agreement for the project.
 The Texaco Gasification Power System (TGPS), the integration of the Texaco Gasification Process with a combined cycle power block, is expected to become operational at the Tampa Electric Company facility in 1996. The project will gasify approximately 1,900 tons per day of high and low sulfur coal. In the first stage of the project, scheduled for completion in 1995, 150 MW of electricity will be generated by a gas turbine using a fuel oil feedstock.
 "Tampa Electric Company's selection of the Texaco Gasification Power System is an important application of this technology in an environmentally sensitive area," said David C. Crikelair, vice president of Texaco Inc. and head of Texaco's alternate energy and resources department. "The Texaco Gasification Power System meets utilities' requirements for a stable, cost-competitive supply of electric power utilizing a technology that is environmentally superior to traditional coal-fired plants."
 The Texaco Gasification Process, together with a combined cycle power block, is considered the cleanest technology for generating electricity from coal. Emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) are well below federal standards and just a fraction of those of conventional coal plants. Because the TGPS technology is more efficient than conventional coal plants, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are lower also. In addition, the only solid byproducts generated in the TGPS process are slag (a non-hazardous, non-leachable material) and elemental sulfur, which has commercial value.
 Texaco's Alternate Energy group is directing an initiative to commercialize and license a number of technologies, including the Texaco Gasification Process. The Texaco Gasification Process is unique because of its ability to utilize different feedstocks, including coal, heavy oil, petroleum coke, waste gas and other hydrocarbons. A clean-burning synthesis gas is produced for use in the petroleum industry, chemical manufacturing and electric power generation.
 Partial funding for the project comes from the Department of Energy's Clean Coal Technology Program (Round III) to support the demonstration of a General Electric hot gas cleanup system. The objectives of the DOE program are to demonstrate clean, innovative and energy efficient technologies.
 The Tampa Electric Company project is the third major Texaco gasification project announced this year. The Texaco Gasification Process was recently selected for two projects to convert coal to town gas, chemicals and fertilizer.
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 /CONTACT: Chris Gidez of Texaco, 914-253-6170/
 (TX) CO: Texaco Inc. ST: New York, Florida IN: OIL SU:


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