Empyrean Raises Funds for German, US Projects

AIM-quoted Empyrean Energy PLC on Friday said that its broker, HB Corporate, has completed a placing of 14,285,715 new ordinary shares of 0.2p at a price of 35 pence per share raising £5,000,000 before expenses of new capital on behalf of the Company.

The proceeds of the Placing will provide Empyrean with the funds to continue the exploration of the Glantal gas project in Germany, testing of oil shows at the Californian Eagle Oil Project, testing of gas shows at sugarloaf, Texas, and the companies ongoing drilling program at the Margarita, Texas. During Q1 of 2007 Empyrean expects to commence testing at Sugarloaf in Q1, obtain initial well results from Margarita and finalize seismic plans at Glantal. Empyrean is also currently assessing a number of acquisitions with a focus on drill ready projects which can be quickly brought into production should they be successful

. The new ordinary shares have been placed with a number of UK and European institutions and other investors.

Application has been made for the new shares to be admitted to AIM and dealings are expected to commence on 1st February 2007.

Following this issue of equity the Company has 49,596,767 shares in issue.

Commenting today Tom Kelly, Executive Director, of Empyrean said:

"Today's £5m fundraising allows Empyrean to drive forward our assets in Europe and the US. In just two years Empyrean has built up a balanced portfolio of oil and gas assets that has an appropriate balance of risk versus reward. We look forward to building on the progress made during 2006 that included positive oil and gas shows at two of the Company's projects, both of which will shortly undergo testing. Funds will also be used to grow the companies asset base through the acquisition of new projects which can be brought into production quickly and realize near-term shareholder value."