Questerre Drills 5 'Significant Wells' in Q4 2007
Questerre Energy Corporation reported today on recent developments at its core areas.
Michael Binnion, President and Chief Executive Officer of Questerre, commented, "We have been very successful drilling in the fourth quarter of 2007. We operated five significant wells including drilling the technically challenging Nahanni well. We hope that successful tests at Antler and Greater Sierra will be followed by the same at Vulcan and Beaver River later this month."
Testing is currently underway on the A-8 well with preliminary results to be released as soon as available.
Drilling operations on the first well under its farm-in agreement with a senior independent were successfully completed on Jan. 14, 2008. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 1,516 meters with a 1,256 meters horizontal leg in the target Devonian Jean Marie formation. Based on the final test rate of 2.03 mmcf/d (338 boe/d) while drilling, the partner has commenced work to tie-in the well to the local gathering system.
The second well under this agreement spud on Jan. 16 and should be completed prior to month-end. Subject to the final test rate while drilling on the second well, the Company expects both wells will be tied-in and placed on production prior to the end of the first quarter.
Field work on the 46 square mile 3-D seismic survey on this acreage is scheduled to begin later this month. Questerre expects this program to be completed by the end of March 2008. Upon completion of the seismic program and the drilling of both wells, Questerre will hold a 50% interest in 54 square miles in the Greater Sierra area.
Questerre participated in the drilling of two horizontal (1.5 net) wells in the Antler area of southeast Saskatchewan in December 2007. Both wells were successfully completed in the target Devonian Bakken/Torquay formation at a depth of approximately 1100m. The wells are being tied-in to the oil battery and will commence test production later this month.
Two (1.5 net) additional horizontal wells are currently underway and the Company plans to drill a third (0.5 net) well prior to end of February.
Questerre and its partners also completed the acquisition of a 26 square mile 3-D seismic survey over its core acreage in December. The survey is expected to help delineate the Bakken/Torquay formation and firm up development and exploration locations for the remainder of this year.
Questerre spud the first horizontal oil well to develop the Mannville I Pool in Vulcan, Southern Alberta in December 2007. The well encountered over 400m of potential reservoir in the target Mannville Sunburst formation and will be completed over the next two weeks.
Questerre and its partner have submitted a Good Production Practice plan to the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board to commence full production from the I Pool this spring.
In the fourth quarter of 2007, Questerre drilled a 2000m vertical well in the Widewater area of north central Alberta. The well did not encounter hydrocarbons in the primary oil target but tested gas from a secondary target. Subject to the results of further testing, Questerre expects to abandon this well. Questerre has an 80% interest in this well.
The 2-D seismic acquisition program over two Questerre prospects was completed at the end of December. Subject to the results, the Company has budgeted to participate in two wells in the Lowlands this year.
Completion operations on the first shale gas well began in December. A slick-water fracture stimulation was completed and the well flowed natural gas to surface. The operator has kept the flow rates confidential until it has finalized its analysis of the results.
Questerre Energy Corporation is a Calgary-based independent resource company actively engaged in the exploration, development and acquisition of high-impact exploration and development oil and gas projects in Canada.
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