Devonian zones indicate oil in Gaspe, Quebec

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 5
-- Petrolia, Rimouski, Que., reported light oil on drillstem tests in two formations of Devonian age at its Tar Point exploratory well on Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula.

The indicated discovery is 11 km southeast of the company’s undeveloped 2006 Haldimand oil and gas discovery just southeast of Gaspe town. That well yielded 47° gravity oil (OGJ, July 10, 2006, p. 38).

The Tar Point well went to TD 2,434 m in tight, oil saturated sandstones, and Petrolia set casing to 2,201 m.

A drillstem test at 2,045-2,201 m in a highly fractured limestone in the Indian Cove formation of early Devonian age yielded a small flow of gas and 184 l. of fluid, mainly composed of drilling mud and light oil. A production test is planned in January.

Another drillstem test at 1,528-84 m in the Devonian York River formation produced a small flow of air at surface, 58.33 m (213 l.) of drilling mud with minor gas, and gassy mud with black oil from the sample chamber. The zone indicated low permeability, but Petrolia said it might frac the interval depending on results of work to be carried out at Haldimand in early 2010.

The two wells are 220 miles north of gas production at McCully field near Sussex, NB.

Petrolia holds interests in 3.7 million acres of leases or 18% of Quebec territory including Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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