FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canadian Spirit Resources announced this morning that on October 4th it had restarted production from the Montney formation at its Farrell Creek/Altares operation. The company had previously suspended production at the end of March due to extremely low natural gas prices. With prices at Station 2 exceeding $2.75/Mcf in recent weeks, CSRI and its joint venture partner Canbriam Energy made the decision to bring production back on line. The facility is currently averaging a production of 4.4 Mmcf/d.
At one of the company’s wells that was drilled in the first quarter of this year, recently retrieved pressure recorder information shows that the Montney formation is over pressured but not to the extreme values encountered while drilling. The overlying Doig formation appears to be the cause of the extreme high pressures and could be a candidate for investigation in the future.
The Federal Government’s recent environmental approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, as well as the positive improvement in natural gas prices and the further delineation of CSRI’s Montney formation resources all factored into the company’s decision to restart production.