14 July 2011
Red Emperor Resources NL
("Red Emperor" or "the Company")
Spudding of First Georgian well
Red Emperor Resources NL (ASX: RMP | AIM: RMP) is pleased to advise that the
first of two exploration wells to be drilled in Georgia this year has spudded
with drilling now under way.
Red Emperor's joint venture partner Range Resources Limited (ASX: RRS | AIM:
RRL) along with operator, Strait Oil and Gas ("Strait") have advised that the
Mukhiani 1 well in Georgia spudded yesterday. Mukhiani 1 is expected to take
approximately 55 days to drill and is targeting a prospect with a mean estimate
of undiscovered oil in place of 115 million barrels (with 23m bbls attributable
to Red Emperor's 20% interest).
Red Emperor's Director Greg Bandy commented, "this is a significant milestone
for Red Emperor as it is our maiden well and the first of 3 - 4 high impact
exploration wells expected to be drilled on the Company's projects this year.
After being admitted to AIM last month we are delighted to be able to provide
the market with significant news flow so soon after listing."
The drilling operations will run 24 hours with a team of between 40-50
personnel and is expected to take approximately 45-55 days with a target depth
of circa 3,500m.
The Mukhiani Well is targeting the Vani 3 prospect which has the following
estimated undiscovered stock tank oil-in-place ("STOIIP"):
Vani 3 Prospect - STOIIP (MMbbls)
P90 P50 P10 Mean
Gross (100%) 41.7 92.7 178.2 115.2
Net attributable to RMP (20%) 8.3 18.5 35.6 23.0
The geochemical helium survey undertaken by JV partner, Range Resources
confirmed the suitability of the first drill location with oil exploration and
development prospectivity complementing the earlier seismic work completed on
Following the successful completion of the Mukhiani 1 well, the rig will then
move on to spud the second exploration well as part of the two well highly
prospective drilling program in Georgia.
The Company will provide updates on a regular basis as to the progress of the
drilling of the Mukhiani well.
For further information please visit www.redemperorresources.com or contact:
Greg Bandy +61 8 9225 2826
Cairn Financial Advisers LLP (Nominated Adviser)
Jo Turner +44 20 7148 7900
Old Park Lane Capital plc (Broker)
Luca Tenuta +44 20 7493 8188
Paul Youens +44 20 7920 3150
Red Emperor Resources NL (ASX: RMP) is a natural resources exploration company
with interests in the frontier state of Puntland, Somalia, the Republic of
Georgia and Western Australia.
* In Puntland, Red Emperor holds a 20% working interest in two licences
encompassing the highly prospective Dharoor and Nugaal valleys in 2011.
These two exploration areas cover nearly 40,000km2 and have independently
been assessed to potentially contain over 19.9 billion barrels of oil
in-place. Red Emperor's joint venture partner and PSA operator Africa Oil
Corp. (TSXV: AOI) has signed a letter of intent with a drilling
subcontractor and expects the first well to be drilled in Dharoor in Q3,
* In the Republic of Georgia, Red Emperor has a 20% working interest in
onshore blocks VIa and VIb, covering approx. 6,500km2. Partner Range
Resources Ltd (ASX: RRS; AIM: RRL) last year funded a 410km 2D seismic
program with independent consultants RPS Energy identifying 68 potential
structures containing an estimated 2.045 billion barrels of oil–in–place
(on a mean 100% basis). Two wells are to be drilled this year as part of
the proposed drill program.
* The Company also has a 25% interest in the Jillewarra Project free carried
until bankable feasibility study, which is a copper and gold project in