Tesoro's Kenai Refinery to Produce Cleaner Diesel for Alaska; Tesoro and Flint Hills Resources Alaska to Supply State with Ultra

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Nov 22, 2005

In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to produce and provide cleaner fuels and products of convenience for Alaskan consumers, Tesoro Corporation (NYSE:TSO) is investing $45 million over the next three years to construct a Distillate Desulfurization Unit (DDU) at its Kenai Refinery. In association with the DDU project, Tesoro's wholly owned subsidiary, Tesoro Alaska, today announced that it has entered into a five-year agreement to supply gasoline and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel to Flint Hills Resources Alaska LLC. Tesoro will supply up to 6,000 barrels per day (bpd) of product to Flint Hills Resources' Anchorage facility.

"We are pleased to be working with Tesoro to ensure that Alaska's future needs for ultra-low sulfur diesel are met in a timely and responsive manner," said Todd Craig, vice president of Alaska marketing for Flint Hills Resources. "The combined effort of Tesoro and Flint Hills Resources to provide clean fuels to Alaskans demonstrates how industry can come together in making cleaner fuels a priority."

The DDU has a design capacity of 10,000 bpd and is expected to be online at the Kenai refinery by mid-year 2007. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's requirements for low sulfur diesel fuel will be phased in between 2007 and 2010. Beginning in 2007, new vehicle engines will require ultra-low sulfur diesel. Tesoro's DDU project is timed to help meet the increasing demand for cleaner fuels in Alaska.

Tesoro's Kenai refinery is currently able to produce limited volumes of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and will be supplying Alaska's urban areas with ultra-low sulfur diesel by June 2006. The Company is currently installing facilities to distribute ultra-low sulfur diesel from its Kenai Refinery into distribution channels in order to meet the 2006 requirements.

"Tesoro is committed to implementing environmentally responsible projects aimed at emissions and sulfur reduction," said Steve Hansen, vice president and Kenai Refinery manager for Tesoro. "The addition of the DDU demonstrates our commitment to producing and providing cleaner fuels for Alaskan consumers." With the completion of this project, Tesoro will have invested in ultra-low sulfur diesel production at all six of its U.S. refineries.

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