press release

76 Products Company's Honolulu Terminal
celebrates quadrupling of throughput

Recent State-of-the-Art Modifications are Blessed in Traditional Hawaiian Ceremony

Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 14, 1996 -- Less than seven months after construction began, Unocal's 76 Products Company today announced the grand reopening of its upgraded Honolulu Terminal at a celebration and blessing attended by nearly 100 people. The State-of-the-Art facility has already quadrupled throughput.

"This makes Unocal the busiest terminal on the Island, and we're prepared to take on even more business," said Andy Viens, General Manager of Terminals and Pipelines. "We closely watch the Hawaiian market and understand our customers' needs. They simply want speed and convenience from a safe facility."

The upgrades drastically improve customer service by adding: a "Swipe and Go" access card system that instantly updates accounting data and reduces paperwork; high tech equipment for faster "in and out" of the terminal; and a state-of-the-art computer control system for precise custom blending and improved safety standards. In addition, eight new pumps and blending equipment were installed and six tanks were upgraded which increases the number of products that can be handled.

Safety Features Also Added

Visitors attending the grand reopening were invited to view the 24-hour-a-day operation. Modifications were also made to significantly improve safety standards by adding leak detection, new steel double bottoms, and additional concrete containment under pipelines. "Our future success depends on maintaining a safe facility and working well with our neighbors and state and local agencies," explained Kim Bushman, Manager of the Hawaii Division. "These safety modifications are another step in a three year effort to upgrade safety standards at the terminal."

The project provided 50 temporary construction jobs and five new permanent jobs. The Honolulu Terminal, first opened in 1923, has the capacity to handle 20,000 barrels per day of throughput. 76 Products Company operates 14 proprietary terminals and over 1,000 miles of pipeline throughout Western United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The celebration featured music, food, and an exhibit that demonstrates how oil is formed, extracted, transported and refined before it reaches customers at the service station.

Updated: November 1996