UNOCAL GAUGES BIG GAS STRIKE OFF MISSISSIPPI

Unocal Exploration Corp. has tested a hefty natural gas discovery in the Mobile area off Mississippi, extending the Jurassic Norphlet plan, south and west. The 1 UXC Mobile Block 904 OCS-G 5749 flowed 97.6 MMcfd of gas through a 42/64 in. choke from Norphlet at 22,130-22,290 ft. It was drilled to 22,400 ft in 60 ft of water about 45 miles southwest of Mobile. Unocal said it is the biggest Norphlet flow rate disclosed in the Mobile Outer Continental Shelf area.

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