SHELL EXPANDING BELRIDGE DIATOMITE PROGRAM

Shell Western E&P Inc. will begin a major campaign to tap oil from the almost intractable diatomite pay that underlies California's South Belridge and North Belridge oil fields. Shell's total investment for its 1994 diatomite program, including primary waterflood, and steam drive proauction, probably will exceed $40 million, said Dave Montague, Diatomite Asset Unit (DAU) manager. That compares with diatomite outlays of about $5 million in 1993.

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