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Texaco Press Release - Dr. Byron V. Klock Named Texaco Fellow


HOUSTON, Dec. 7 - Dr. Byron V. Klock, Senior Research Consultant in Texaco's Power and Gasification (TP&G) division, has been named a Texaco Fellow in recognition of his technical expertise and design achievements in process water and wastewater chemistry.

The title of Texaco Fellow is reserved for those individuals who have distinguished themselves as innovative developers and deployers of technical solutions and who have established worldwide reputations as experts in their field of endeavor. They are further distinguished by their exceptional ability to apply their knowledge and expertise to increase the value of Texaco's resources.

In making the announcement, Texaco Chairman and CEO Peter I. Bijur said, "Byron Klock is widely recognized as Texaco's leading expert on process and wastewater chemistry. He is routinely enlisted to solve problems related to our gasification operations, as well as those affecting Texaco's and our affiliates' refining facilities. His outstanding work for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) has enhanced Texaco's technical reputation worldwide."

In nominating Dr. Klock for the award and in speaking of his achievements, James C. Houck, President, Texaco Power and Gasification, a division of Texaco Inc., said, "Dr. Klock has consistently shown leadership in bringing new technologies to meet business needs. As a result of his work, he is well known and well respected within the community of gasification technology and is actively sought out to provide water chemistry solutions for the Texaco Gasification Process. Dr. Klock continues to fill an important role in the commercialization of the Texaco Gasification Process by assisting in designs, interactions with customers, and demonstrating Texaco's expertise on key aspects of our licensed technology."

Dr. Klock was graduated from the University of Denver with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1964, and from Yale University with master of science, master of philosophy, and doctorate degrees in chemistry in 1966, 1967 and 1969, respectively.

In 1969, Dr. Klock began his career with Texaco in the Research and Development Department at Richmond, Virginia. Since then he has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the company's research facilities in Port Arthur and Houston, Texas.

During his 31 years with Texaco, he has developed unique expertise in Texaco's gasification wastewater treatment and closed loop wastewater stripping processes. He has significantly enhanced Texaco's gasification technology through his expertise on water and contaminants chemistry, by developing and applying the ionic balance program, by design innovations and improvements, and by solving plant operational problems.

Dr. Klock is credited with 12 patents, with several other patents in various stages of the application process, in the areas of refinery processes, wastewater treatment and numerous aspects of the gasification process. He also is the author of several internal and external publications having to do with wastewater treatment and process water chemistry.

Updated: December 2000