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 ALMA, Mich., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- On Oct. 11, Total Petroleum Inc. (TOTAL) will celebrate the start-up of new hydrotreating facilities at TOTAL's Alma refinery. TOTAL's Chief Executive Officer Daniel Valot will cut the ribbon after speeches by Michigan Lt. Governor Connie Binsfeld, Senator Joanne Emmons and Alma Mayor Nancy Gallagher.
 The purpose of the $80 million hydrotreating facility is to reduce the sulfur content of diesel fuel produced by the refinery by 90 percent. The reduction is required by the amendments to the Clean Air Act of 1990. TOTAL is going one step further, however, by adding enhancements such as the carbon monoxide boiler to reduce the amount of carbon monoxide emissions and improvements to the refinery's waste water treatment unit. All of these projects will better the environmental performance of the refinery and minimize its impact on Alma and the surrounding communities.
 Explained TOTAL's President and Chief Executive Officer Valot, "This project will improve the competitive position of the Alma refinery and benefit the environment by improving air quality. The completion of the hydrotreater would not have been possible without a strong government- business partnership in the state of Michigan."
 The two-part project included the building of a new 15,750 barrel per day capacity distillate hydrotreater, and modifications to an existing hydrotreating unit; the TOTAL operation will be able to produce more low-sulfur diesel fuel for the surrounding market.
 Litwin Engineers & Constructors Inc., the contractor hired to design and build the project, began design activities early in 1992. During the peak construction period, an additional 750 temporary workers were on site at the Alma Refinery. A total of 15 permanent operating personnel will join the refinery staff to operate these new process units.
 Litwin's President Uzi Halevy stated, "During the last six years, Litwin has successfully teamed with TOTAL to complete eight projects at all of their four U.S. refineries, with an overall investment value in excess of $250,000,000. This desulfurization unit represents the third successful project at the Alma Refinery. We look forward to working with TOTAL on other projects."
 Currently, the Alma Refinery has a capacity of 51,000 barrels per day and is Michigan's third largest. TOTAL employs 1,957 people in Michigan, in retail, wholesale, transportation, refining and supply.
 TOTAL is a refiner and marketer of petroleum products in the central United States. TOTAL operates four refineries, in Alma, Ardmore, Okla., Commerce City, Colo., and Arkansas City, Kan. and distributes petroleum products and convenience store items through approximately 2,300 stores. Nationwide, TOTAL employs approximately 6,500 people. TOTAL is a 100 percent affiliate of Total Petroleum (North America) Ltd., whose shares are listed on the American, Toronto, Montreal and Pacific stock exchanges.
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 /CONTACT: Emily Esterson of TOTAL, 303-291-2144/

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