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UNOCAL, SDG&E OPEN EAST COUNTY NGV STATION

 UNOCAL, SDG&E OPEN EAST COUNTY NGV STATION
 /ADVANCE/ EL CAJON, Calif., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego's


expanding effort to improve air quality got another boost today with the opening of the second public fueling station for clean-burning natural gas vehicles (NGV) by Unocal Corp. (NYSE: UCL) and San Diego Gas & Electric (NYSE: SDO).
 The Unocal 76 service station located at Marshall and Main streets in downtown El Cajon, will service East County residents driving natural gas-powered vehicles, as well as conventional gasoline-fueled cars and trucks. The station will provide Unocal and SDG&E with additional experience in marketing natural gas as an alternative motor fuel.
 Charles Imbrecht, chairman, California Energy Commission, praised the utility/oil company effort as an efficient and cost effective endeavor to push forward the state's "Drive Clean California" program.
 "Gov. Pete Wilson's 1992-1993 California Energy Plan stresses two things," Imbrecht said, "energy efficiency and energy diversity.
 "Natural gas has for years proven itself as a clean fuel source for generating electricity. We are only now beginning to recognize its potential for transportation sector. As part of the governor's 'Drive Clean California' campaign, natural gas, along with other clean, alternative fuels such as methanol and electricity, will help Californians reduce air pollution and increase our energy options."
 SDG&E and Unocal opened Southern California's first public natural gas pump at the Shadow Ridge Unocal 76 station in Vista in April 1991.
 Denny Lamb, manager of planning for Unocal, pointed out that roadblocks restricting NGV growth have been a lack of convenient fueling facilities and the limited number of user fleets.
 "With this second fueling station," he said, "Unocal and SDG&E are moving ahead to improve the fuel availability side of the equation, particularly for East County fleet vehicle owners."
 Tom Page, chairman and chief executive officer of SDG&E, said the joint project "continues our deep commitment to making natural gas a viable alternative transportation fuel. Additional public and private fueling stations will be opened throughout San Diego during the next year."
 Page added, "Unocal's continued leadership role in support of our effort to make this pollution-fighting fuel available to the general public is commendable."
 Natural gas vehicles produce as much as 50 percent fewer ozone- forming pollutants and as much as 90 percent less carbon monoxide than gasoline and other fuels. In addition to the two Unocal public stations, SDG&E operates three fleet stations and two bus-fueling facilities. Several additional public, fleet and bus fueling stations will be opened in the next 12 months.
 "Both federal and state clean air regulations will require the use of alternative clean fuels for vehicle fleets," Unocal's Lamb said. "These rules will become law in just a few short years. Our program with SDG&E will enable fleet owners and the public to gain early and realistic experience with natural gas as an alternative fuel."
 The joint utility/oil company fueling station is another step in SDG&E's five-year effort to make natural gas a viable vehicle fuel.
 "The marketing of natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel will have impacts at several levels," said Page. "Natural gas is lower in cost but, more importantly, it is a clean-fuel alternative that has the potential to eliminate much of Southern California's air quality concerns. Additionally, sales have the potential to help lower costs to all natural gas customers by spreading infrastructure costs over a greater number of users."
 SDG&E has worked closely with major auto manufacturers in the past three years to encourage the production of factory-made, natural gas- using trucks, vans and buses. As a result, fleet vehicle owners can today purchase vehicles made by Chrysler and GMC Truck. Additionally, natural gas-powered mass transit and school buses carry thousands of passengers throughout the North County Transit District and the Vista School District.
 Currently in the United States there are more than 30,000 natural gas-powered vehicles, most of them used by fleet operators.
 Unocal's Lamb pointed out, "As natural gas fueling stations become more available, we encourage other companies in Southern California to introduce natural gas-powered vehicles to their businesses."
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 /CONTACT: James H. Bray of Unocal, 213-977-5390, or Fred Vaughn of SDG&E, 619-696-4308/
 (UCL SDO) CO: San Diego Gas & Electric; Unocal ST: California IN: OIL UTI SU: PDT


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