Questerre updates status of 15-01 Kakwa gas well
Monday, Jan 14, 2013Questerre Energy Corporation (TSX:QEC)(OSLO:QEC) ("Questerre" or the "Company") reported today on the status of its Montney gas well located at 15-01-62-06-W6M ("15-01" or the "Well") in the Kakwa area, 45 kilometres north of Grand Cache, Alberta.
As previously reported, the Well was being pressure tested on January 12, 2013, when equipment failure resulted in an uncontrolled release of completion fluids and gas. The Well is now under control and flowing through separators to the flare stack.
The Company's priority after the loss of control was to ensure the safety of the crew and general public. Air quality monitoring was setup in a 10 km radius with a mobile unit testing area up to 150 km away. Only trace amounts of hydrogen sulphide or sour gas were detected. All stakeholders in the area were contacted and kept informed of the status of the well throughout the period. The next priority was to ensure a safe work environment on site.
After these goals were achieved, well control operations were undertaken. These operators safely brought the well under control approximately 48 hours after the initial incident. The wellbore integrity is maintained and production testing operations will commence in the near future.
An investigation of the incident will be undertaken in co-operation with the regulators. The Company will report on the results of this in due course.
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