Questerre closes Quebec asset acquisition
Questerre Energy Corporation has received all approvals and has closed the acquisition of assets in Quebec pursuant to the purchase and sale agreement with a senior exploration and production company as set out in the Company's press release dated March 7, 2019.
Michael Binnion, President and Chief Executive Officer of Questerre, commented "With the acquisition closed, we have regained control and operatorship of our giant natural gas discovery in the Lowlands. We are now well positioned to engage the Government and all stakeholders on our Clean Tech Energy project. This will allow us to follow through on our plans to share profits with local communities. We believe this will be essential to the social acceptability we need to move forward."
Commenting on the Clean Tech Energy project, he added, "Our goal to produce natural gas with zero emissions, zero freshwater usage and zero toxic chemicals below ground will be among the first of its kind worldwide. We believe this can be accomplished today by using new technologies and leveraging Quebec's hydropower advantage."
Pursuant to the Agreement, Questerre has acquired the exploration rights to 753,000 net acres in Quebec, associated wells and equipment, geophysical data and other miscellaneous assets. Post-closing, Questerre holds the rights to approximately one million net acres covering a well-established gas resource. Based on an independent resource assessment prepared by GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. ("GLJ") as of December 31, 2017 for the majority of this acreage where the Company holds a working interest, the best estimate of unrisked gross contingent and prospective resources was 3.9 Tcf and 21.3 Tcf respectively. The Company plans to update this assessment for the newly acquired acreage later this year.
Both parties have released each other from all claims related to outstanding litigation. For more information, please see the Company's press releases dated June 4, 2018. Other consideration including cash and contingent payments and the security required for the assumption of abandonment and reclamation liabilities ("A&R Liabilities") is approximately $11 million in aggregate prior to closing adjustments. The Company has posted letters of credit as security for the A&R Liabilities.
Questerre is an energy technology and innovation company. It is leveraging its expertise gained through early exposure to low permeability reservoirs to acquire significant high-quality resources. We believe we can successfully transition our energy portfolio. With new clean technologies and innovation to responsibly produce and use energy, we can sustain both human progress and our natural environment.
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.