By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, July 23
– Talisman Energy Inc. has begun drilling a planned 1,000-m horizontal section in Ordovician Middle Utica shale at the Ste-Gertrude-1 well in Quebec’s St. Lawrence Lowlands after drilling and logging the vertical pilot hole to 2,052 m.

The company is testing the Utica at the Gentilly-2 horizontal well after completing a frac program designed to evaluate the middle and lower Utica sections, said Canadian Quantum Energy Corp., Calgary. Canadian Quantum owns a 3.75% working interest in both projects and various interests in 174,000 gross acres in four permits.

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