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ChevronTexaco Plans Refinery Expansion

PASCAGOULA, Miss. - ChevronTexaco Inc. announced plans yesterday to submit federal and state permit applications for two major projects under consideration at its refinery in Pascagoula, Miss.

The first project would involve the increase of the company's gasoline production, according to an Associated Press report. The second involves locating a terminal on the site to import liquefied natural gas. Gov. Haley Barbour joined company officials for the announcement.

The projects are subject to economic evaluation and management approval by ChevronTexaco. According to officials, the company has submitted an environmental permit application for the increased gasoline project to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Control. Pending approval, construction on the project could begin by 2006.

Officials say the company plans to submit permit applications to various agencies for its proposed natural gas project.

The company has reportedly already begun meetings with federal and state regulators, U.S. Coast Guard and marine officials and community groups regarding both projects.
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