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SHELL CANADA ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NEW PROJECT

 SHELL CANADA ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NEW PROJECT
 CALGARY, Alberta, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Shell Canada


(Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary: SHC) today opened its new CO2 injection project at the Midale oil field in southeast Saskatchewan.
 The $40-million CO2 project is expected to increase crude oil recovery rates at Midale by 20 percent or 12 million barrels of oil during the life of the project.
 During the process, carbon dioxide is injected into the oil reservoirs to help flush out oil left behind by other recovery methods. It mixes with the oil to help push trapped oil towards producing wells.
 Saskatchewan's Minister of Energy and Mines John Penner joined Shell Canada's Executive Vice President of Resources Doug Stoneman for the official opening.
 "Shell started injecting CO2 into the oil fields here in 1984 as a pilot project," says Scott McDonald, manager, Oil Development. "This demonstration project takes the process one step further and encompasses 10 percent of the operating field at Midale. If it's successful, it could lead to a larger development by the turn of the century."
 Testing over the next few years will determine the feasibility of expanding the project throughout the field. CO2 flooding of the entire Midale field (30,000 acres) could recover as much as 80 million additional barrels.
 When Shell discovered Midale in 1953, it contained about 500 million barrels of oil. Since then, the company has recovered about 100 million barrels using conventional recovery techniques.
 Shell owns 65.7 percent of the Midale field and has operated it since 1953.
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 /CONTACT: Scott McDonald, manager, Oil Development, 403-691-4003, or Adrienne Lamb, representative, Public Affairs, 403-691-3892, both of Shell Canada/
 (SHC.) CO: Shell Canada Ltd. ST: Alberta IN: OIL SU: AL -- LA015 -- 0212 06/15/92 13:32 EDT
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