Empire O&G Bags 2 Onshore Exploration Blocks in Western Australia

Empire Oil & Gas, as Operator of the EP 389 Joint Venture, disclosed Tuesday that the EP 389 Joint Venture parties have been granted Petroleum Production Licenses L 18 & L 19 by the Western Australia Department of Minerals and Petroleum over the two exploration blocks, which covers approximately 7 square miles (18 square kilometers) incorporating the Red Gully-1 and Gingin West-1 producing fields and the Red Gully Processing Facility.

The Red Gully-1 and Gingin West-1 wells have been producing gas and condensate on an Extended Production Test (EPT) through the Red Gully Processing Facility since first gas was produced in June 2013 and commissioning of the facility occurred in September 2013.

The Red Gully-1 B Sands were perforated in late June and have since tested via production through the facility with average daily sales for the September Quarter of 7.7 terajoules (TJ) and around 360 barrels of condensate per day.

Empire Chief Executive Ken Aitken said: "This marks a major milestone in the transformation of Empire from an exploration company to a significant onshore Perth Basin gas and condensate producer. The JV plans to use the Red Gully facility as a "production hub" for future exploration discoveries in the production licenses and greater EP 389 area."

"These licenses give the JV further security of tenure over what is a prime petroleum production asset with extensive exploration potential and efficient access to a growing market via the existing infrastructure."

Joint Venture Interests in EP 389, L 18, L 19 and PL 96 are:

  • Empire Oil & Gas NL (Empire Oil Company (WA) Ltd.) Operator - 76.39 percent
  • ERM Power (ERM Gas Pty Ltd.) - 23.61 percent


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