Questerre Energy Corporation announced that Talisman Energy Canada has elected to drill the remaining three option wells under its farm-in agreement with Questerre and its minority partner in the St. Lawrence Lowlands, Quebec.
The three wells will complete the work program allowing Talisman to earn about a 75% interest in the original 719,000 acre farm-out block. Questerre also retains about a 4 1/4% gross overriding royalty on production from Talisman.
Michael Binnion, President and Chief Executive Officer of Questerre, commented, "We were one of the first companies to recognize the potential of the Quebec Lowlands for unconventional gas and have worked for almost ten years to get to this point. We are thrilled that Talisman, which also saw the potential early on, has decided to accelerate the exploration and appraisal program. Our joint land lies right in the heart of the Lowlands between the Yamaska growth fault and Logan's Line and runs from Quebec City to south of Lac Saint Pierre. We continue to believe this land position proximate to the market has significant natural gas potential."
The three-well program is expected to commence in the latter half of 2008. The wells will test multiple horizons including the Trenton Black-River and the Utica and Lorraine shale sequences.
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