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Chevron starts unit at Richmond refinery
ContraCosta Times,    Posted on Sat, Mar. 31, 200
San Ramon-based Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. oil company, started a unit at its Richmond refinery causing chemicals to be burned into the air early Friday, according to a report on a state-administered Web site.
The chemicals included sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide, according to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Web site. The report did not specifically identify the unit. A refinery spokesman was not available for comment.
The refinery has a processing capacity of 240,000 barrels a day and accounts for 23 percent of Chevron’s U.S. refining capacity.
In other Chevron news, the company’s unit in Kazakh, which produces about a quarter of Kazakhstan’s oil, plans to spend $800 million through 2009 to “improve environmental performance,” after the government threatened to suspend Chevron’s license.
The projects will reduce pollution and flaring, or burning off excess natural gas, provide advanced facilities for handling waste water and solid waste.

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