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Chevron Press Release - Chevron Opens Western-Style Service Station In Kazakstan

ALMATY, KAZAKSTAN, Oct. 4, 1996 -- Chevron's only brand-name service station outside North America was opened here today in a ceremony attended by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Chevron Chairman Ken Derr.

It is the largest Western-style service station in Kazakhstan, a former republic of the Soviet Union, and virtually identical to the modern Chevron stations built in the United States.

The station is located in the heart of Almaty, the nation's capital, and is capable of fueling 12 vehicles at the same time. It carries three grades of unleaded gasoline, diesel fuel, motor oil, and a variety of food and convenience items in the station's food mart. Pre-paid credit cards will be offered to the public to make buying fuel more convenient.

The station was built to the highest environmental and safety standards using double-wall underground storage tanks, leak detection equipment, and vapor recovery systems.

President Nazarbayev, speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, called the new station a "model of progress" for his nation.

The station is the latest business investment in Kazakhstan by San Francisco-based Chevron, which in 1993 joined the government of Kazakhstan in a $20-billion, 40-year joint venture to produce oil and gas from the giant Tengiz oil field. The joint venture, Tengizchevroil, is the largest in the former Soviet Union.

Chevron Chairman Derr noted the station is a logical extension of the company's business strategy in the Central Asian nation, calling it a "symbol of Chevron's long-term commitment to partnership building in Kazakhstan.

"This facility will represent the kind of business principles we bring to all of our operations wherever we work," Derr said. "The new station will be customer-focused in everything from the kinds of products it carries to the quality of service provided by employees.

"Kazakhstan has strong government leadership, excellent natural resources, and a very bright economic future," Derr added. "We want to be part of that future as an active partner in all aspects of the petroleum business, from the development of oil reserves to the marketing of automotive fuels."

Chevron also celebrated with its distributor, Catco International, one year of lubricant sales of Chevron-branded lubricants in Kazakhstan. Starting in September of 1995, sales have increased rapidly and Chevron lubricants are now sold in major markets throughout Kazakhstan.

Updated: October 1996