CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – April 17, 2014) – Questerre Energy Corporation (“Questerre” or the “Company”) (TSX:QEC)(OSLO:QEC) reported today that drilling operations have been successfully completed on the 16-07-62-5W6M well (the “16-07 Well”) in the Kakwa-Resthaven area of west central Alberta. Questerre holds a 100% interest in this well situated approximately six miles south of its producing wells in the area.
The 16-07 Well was drilled to a total measured depth of 5053m including a horizontal leg of approximately 1000m. The well was logged and is currently being cased. Subject to equipment availability and weather, the 16-07 Well will be completed after spring breakup this June.
Michael Binnion, President and Chief Executive Officer of Questerre, commented, “Being the first operated well after our control of well incident we were naturally cautious with this well. I am pleased it was successfully drilled without incident. We expect to advance quickly on the learning curve with future wells.”
After spring breakup, the Company plans to mobilize the drilling rig to the next location and spud its second operated well. This well will be located on its seven-section block offsetting its joint venture acreage in the area.
Questerre also reported that drilling operations have recently been completed on the 08-20-063-5W6M well (the “08-20 Well”). Questerre has a 25% working interest in this well. The well was drilled to a total measured depth of 5504m with a horizontal leg of approximately 2000m. Drilling operations on the next well, the 02-18-063-5W6M well (the “02-18 Well”), from the same surface location are expected to commence shortly. Questerre will have a 25% working interest in the 02-18 Well.
Further to its press release on March 27, 2014, the Company reported that its production from the Kakwa-Resthaven area has not been shut-in due to an extension granted by the National Energy Board (“NEB”) to comply with its order requiring Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. (“NGTL”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransCanada PipeLines Ltd., to implement pressure reductions on a limited number of pipeline sections. Furthermore, on April 14, 2014, the NEB approved the pressure variances requested by NGTL on March 28, 2014 and issued an Amending Order. As such, NGTL does not expect firm transportation services to be impacted as a result of its compliance with the pressure reductions approved in the Amending Order. As a result, Questerre does not expect its production in this area to be shut-in.
Questerre Energy Corporation is leveraging its expertise gained through early exposure to shale and other non-conventional reservoirs. The Company has base production and reserves in the tight oil Bakken/Torquay of southeast Saskatchewan. It is bringing on production from its lands in the heart of the high-liquids Montney shale fairway. It is a leader on social license to operate issues for its Utica shale gas discovery in the St. Lawrence Lowlands, Quebec. In conjunction with a supermajor, it is at the leading edge of commercializing a proven process to unlock the massive resource potential of oil shale.
Questerre is a believer that the future success of the oil and gas industry depends on a balance of economics, environment and society. We are committed to being transparent and are respectful that the public must be part of making the important choices for our energy future.
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