Chevron Expanding Pascagoula Refinery

(Pascagoula-AP) -- Company officials have announced that a $150 million expansion project at the Chevron Pascagoula refinery has been approved.

Refinery general manager Norm Szydlowski says the project will increase the refinery's capacity by about 10 percent and allow production of a new low-sulfur gasoline. He says the contractor for the project, Fluor Corporation, will begin construction early in 2002.

He says Fluor will hire about 800 workers for the job that will take about a year to complete. He says after the project is complete, the refinery will produce a new gasoline that will result in lower automobile emissions nationwide.

Since it began operations in Jackson County in 1963, ChevronTexaco has invested more than $2 billion in major expansions at the Pascagoula facility. The Pascagoula plant is the corporation's largest petroleum refinery.