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A leak discovered at a Questerre Energy shale well in Alberta has delayed drilling operations.

The leak was found in the casing in the horizontal section of well 14-29-63-6W6M during fracking operations at Kakwa North.

Drilling equipment at the well is being demobilized, Stockwatch said.

The company is currently organizing its plans to repair the leak. Fracking and testing will start up after the repairs are complete.

A projected timeline for repairs has not been released.

The well is fully owned by Questerre.

Production at the acreage just resumed earlier this month after a scheduled shutdown to perform maintenance on a third party processing plant.

Calgary-based Questerre currently nets 1,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from Kakwa North including production from three horizontal wells: the 09-20-63-5W6M well, the 02-18-63-5W6M well and the 08-20-63-5W6M well.

“We are pleased with the substantial increase in production. We are of course very disappointed with the mechanical problem in the 14-29 well that is causing further delays,” Questerre president and CEO Michael Binnion said.

The Kakwa-Resthaven area is located 46 miles south of Grand Prairie in west central Alberta.

The area is prospective for liquids-rich natural gas in the deep, over-pressured fairway of the Montney shale at depths of 10,170 feet to 11,811 feet.