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Texaco Press Release - Texaco and Counterpart Humanitarian Assistance Program Join Together

FOR RELEASE: OCTOBER 2000. Aktau, Kazakhstan, Oct. - Texaco and Counterpart Humanitarian Assistance Program (CHAP) today announced the arrival of an important shipment of humanitarian assistance to the Mangistau Oblast. A 40-foot container of new wheelchairs will arrive in the Mangistau Oblast, for distribution by the Oblast Department of Labor and Social Protection to disabled children and adults living at home or in boarding houses.

The wheelchairs for 120 adults and 120 children and valued at more than $54,000, were donated to CHAP by "Wheelchairs for the World", a private non-profit Foundation dedicated to helping disabled people throughout the world achieve mobility and realize their human potential.

Shipping costs from Taiwan to Kazakhstan are to be paid for by the Office of the Coordinator for Assistance to the NIS, of the U.S. State Department, under an agreement with Counterpart International. After the shipment arrives in Aktau, a donation from Texaco Inc. will cover costs associated with reception, distribution, and monitoring of the distribution.

This represents the first collaboration between Texaco and CHAP in Kazakhstan. Both organizations consider this to be a valuable partnership and plan to continue these joint activities for the continuing benefit of needy people in various oblasts of the Republic.

According to (spokesperson name) of Texaco "We are pleased to be working with CHAP and the Mangistau Oblast to provide some much need equipment to people in the region. As an operator in Mangistau, the well-being of our neighbors is important to us. This effort will respond to the very special needs of disabled people and will add to Texaco's on-going investment in community projects throughout the Mangistau Oblast. This is the first of several shipments to be sponsored by Texaco and we look forward to continuing an effort that provides such significant benefits to the community."

Texaco, a petroleum company, with operations in more than 150 countries around the world, entered Kazakhstan in 1997 and is today operator and 65 percent equity shareholder in the North Buzachi Field located in the Mangistau Oblast. In addition to North Buzachi, Texaco is a partner in the giant Karachaganak Field and markets automotive fuels and lubricants through its service stations located in Almaty and Astana.

The project is part of CHAPs ongoing initiative to provide assistance and support to vulnerable groups throughout the Republic, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection.

Updated: October 2000