Empire O&G Updates on Drilling at Red Gully North-1 Well in Perth Basin

Oil and gas producer Empire Oil and Gas NL provided Tuesday the following drilling update for the Red Gully North-1 (RGN-1) exploration well in permit EP 389 in Western Australia's Perth Basin.

Progress

The drilling operations are progressing efficiently and ahead of plan. The 9.625 inch (240 millimeter) casing was run in the hole and successfully cemented. The wellhead was installed and a formation integrity test was performed in the Cadda Formation prior to drilling the 8.5 inch (216 millimeter) hole.

As at 0600 hrs WST Dec. 8 at RNG1 the 8.5 inch (216 millimeter) hole was drilling at 11,450 feet (3,490 meters).

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Forward Plan / Next Steps

Drill the 8.5 inch (216 millimeter) hole to total depth. Note that the expected hydrocarbon bearing zones are from circa 12,467 feet (3,800 meters) to 14,108 feet (4,300 meters).

Location / Proposed Depth

RGN-1 was spud Nov. 17 and is located in EP 389, approximately 2.4 miles (4 kilometers) to the north of the Company's Red Gully Processing Facility. The wells proximity to the Red Gully Processing Facility will allow for a fast tie-back and commercialization of the well if successful.

RGN-1 is being drilled by the Enerdrill Rig 3 and is expected to take approximately 44 days to reach a final proposed depth of 14,360 feet (4,377 meters).

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