press release

Unocal says coker fire at Rodeo, Calif., refinery will not have major impact on California gasoline supplies

El Segundo, Calif., May 17, 1996 -- Unocal Corporation said that this morning's fire in the coking unit at the company's Rodeo, Calif., refinery will not have a significant impact on the supply of California reformulated gasoline.

Unocal said that while production of reformulated gasoline at Rodeo will decline slightly, adequate supplies are available to meet market demand.

Unocal said the refinery continues to operate. The company is assessing the situation and has no estimate of how long it will take for repairs to the coking unit.

The fire involved one of the four drums in the refinery's coker. It was reported at 0500 PDT and was controlled by 0730 PDT. The fire was declared extinguished at 0900 PDT. No other units were affected.

No injuries were reported and all personnel have been accounted for. All appropriate agencies were promptly notified.

Unocal's refinery is located about 25 miles northeast of San Francisco. The refinery's crude oil processing units have a rated capacity of 77,000 barrels per day. The refinery receives additional semi-refined gas oil from Unocal's Santa Maria Refinery for processing into finished products.

Updated: May 1996