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    Phillips Inks Deal with Crown Central

    Agreement allows Crown to use a patented sulfur removal technology at two Texas refineries.

    Phillips Petroleum Co. signed a licensing agreement with Crown Central Petroleum Corp. and its subsidiary, LaGloria Oil and Gas Co., for the use of Phillips' S Zorb Sulfur Removal Technology (SRT) at two Texas refineries.

    The license agreement is for the design, construction and operation of units using the S Zorb SRT process at Crown's 100,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Pasadena and the 52,000 bpd LaGloria refinery in Tyler. Design for a 40,000 bpd S Zorb SRT unit at the Pasadena refinery will begin shortly. The unit is slated for start up in the fourth quarter of 2003.

    Phillips' S Zorb SRT was developed to help oil companies comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Tier II and European Commission's Auto Oil sulfur regulatory levels.

    Beginning in 2004, gasoline sold in the United States will have sulfur content phased down to a level no higher than 30 parts per million (ppm) on average. A 6,000 bpd plant at Phillips' Borger, Texas, refinery has demonstrated S Zorb SRT's ability to reduce gasoline sulfur content to levels below 10 ppm.

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