Empyrean to Participate in Texon's Bondi Prospect

Empyrean has entered into a new Participation Agreement with Texon E & P, subsidiary of Texon Petroleum to earn a 15% working interest in Texon's Bondi Prospect situated onshore in Texas in the Gulf Coast region.

The Bondi Prospect is a 30-76 billion cubic feet equivalent ("Bcfe") gas target. The target is the prolific upper Wilcox formation and 3D seismic has been used to identify the drilling prospects. Under the agreement, Empyrean will fund 20% of the cost of drilling, testing and completing the well in order to earn a 15% working interest. If total costs exceed US$3,840,000 then Empyrean will contribute to further costs at 15% thus capping Empyrean's exposure to any potential drilling cost blow outs. Empyrean will also reimburse Texon US$90,000, representing 15% of the prospect generation fee, land and lease costs.

Following the drilling of the Bondi Prospect, Empyrean will have a 90 day option to decide to drill, test and subsequently develop the Coogee Prospect, a 28-62 Bcfe target close to the Bondi Prospect. If Empyrean decides to participate on this prospect it will do so on similar terms to the Bondi Prospect and Empyrean will reimburse Texon US$27,000 representing 15% of the prospect generation fee.

Following the drilling of the Bondi and Coogee Prospects, Empyrean will earn the right to participate on the basis of a 15% working interest in any prospects to be drilled by Texon on an area of mutual interest covering approximately 25km2. A further update will be made when the spud in date becomes known.

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