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CHRYSLER ASSEMBLY PLANT HAS GAS

 CHRYSLER ASSEMBLY PLANT HAS GAS
 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation's


Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) has gas.
 Natural gas. A pool of it. Right under the plant. And, as a bonus, there's oil, too.
 "The company will use the gas to fill the needs of SHAP. If there is a large enough volume, we will look at transporting it to Sterling Heights Stamping and Sterling Heights Vehicle Test Center. All production in excess of Chrysler's needs will be sold," said Peter Gilezan, Chrysler's director of Environmental and Energy Affairs.
 While this natural gas well is not the first in Sterling Heights, it is the first for Chrysler.
 Chrysler's new supply well is in a field north of the plant near Van Dyke and 17 Mile Road. SHAP is at Van Dyke and 16 Mile Road and Sterling Heights Stamping is a mile south of SHAP, also on Van Dyke. The Sterling Heights Vehicle Test Center is between the two plants.
 Chrysler expected to find the natural gas after seismic testing; the estimated 600,000 barrels of crude oil were not expected, and came as a bonus.
 Gilezan said the well is drilled to a depth of 3,380 feet at a 42-degree angle under the plant. The cap over the gas bearing reef was hit at 2,974 feet. The drilling was done by West Bay Exploration Co., Traverse City.
 West Bay, which paid Chrysler for an option to drill at SHAP, has 10 other wells in urbanized areas of southern Michigan.
 The Chrysler energy chief estimated the natural gas usage at the three facilities at 600 million cubic feet per year, and the find at 3 billion cubic feet.
 Gilezan said the dollar savings from this energy find were "considerable."
 -0- 12/6/91
 /CONTACT: Lee Sechler or Tom Houston of Chrysler, 313-956-2894/
 (C) CO: Chrysler Corporation; West Bay Exploration Company ST: Michigan IN: AUT OIL SU: DSC


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