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CHEVRON REPORTS SUCCESSFUL GAS WELLS IN GULF OF MEXICO'S NORPHLET TREND

 HOUSTON, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Chevron U.S.A. Production Company today reported successful tests of two deep natural gas wells as part of its Norphlet Trend development project in the Gulf of Mexico.
 "This is more good news from our biggest new gas area," said Ray Galvin, president. "We've now established Norphlet reserves in three locations and we're looking for more, with two exploratory wells expected to start soon and two set for later next year."
 Running east/west off the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, the Norphlet is a deep sandstone layer that has yielded very large gas discoveries for a number of companies in recent years. Geologists estimate the Norphlet holds several trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas.
 Galvin reported these latest Chevron well results:
 Offshore Mississippi, the No. 8 well in the Mobile Block 861 Field tested at 57 million cubic feet per day from below 21,000 feet. Chevron holds a 50 percent interest; Pennzoil and Unocal each hold 25 percent. Gas sales should begin early next year. Chevron plans to start drilling a well on nearby Mobile Block 863 this month.
 Offshore Alabama, the No. 2 well on Mobile Block 917 tested at 46 million cubic feet per day from below 22,000 feet. Chevron holds 91.3 percent; Offshore Bechtel Associates Limited holds 8.7 percent. The well extends the Mobile 916 Field two miles to the east.
 Meanwhile, Chevron expects to soon start drilling an offshore Florida well to explore Destin Dome Block 97, located 30 miles south of Pensacola. This significant Norphlet gas prospect is nine miles southwest of Chevron's 1987 gas discovery on Destin Dome Block 56.
 With output of about 2.4 billion cubic feet per day, Chevron U.S.A. Production Company is the nation's second-largest gas producer and the Gulf of Mexico's largest gas producer. Based in Houston, it is the U.S. oil and gas producing subsidiary of San Francisco-based Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CHV).
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 /NOTE TO TECHNICAL EDITORS: Flowing wellhead pressure on Mobile 861 No. 8 was 4736 psig; Mobile 917 No. 2 pressure was 3920 psig./
 /CONTACT: Jim Hendon of Chevron, 415-894-0108/
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