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    Empire gets approval to drill seven wells in NT

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Following approval of the plan, Empire has now received all key NT government approvals for Carpentaria-2H operations.

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Empire gets approval to drill seven wells in NT

Sydney-listed Empire Energy has received approval from the Northern Territory (NT) government for its environment management plan for up to seven horizontal wells in EP187, it said on October 19.

The plan includes the construction of up to six well pads with the ability to drill up to four wells from each pad, and drilling of up to seven wells including a horizontal from the existing Carpentaria-1 vertical well and up to six new horizontal wells.

Following approval of the plan, Empire has now received all key NT government approvals for Carpentaria-2H operations and the work programmes for which it has executed grant agreements with the Australian government under the Beetaloo cooperative drilling programme.

Civil works are now well underway for the Carpentaria-2H well including the construction of the Carpentaria highway turn off, access roads and the well pad. Following the drilling of Carpentaria-2H, Empire intends to commission an updated independent resource report to update prospective and contingent resources in EP187 which will incorporate the Carpentaria-2H drilling results, updated seismic data and existing Carpentaria-1 data.

Meanwhile, Empire said that there has been a 45% increase in Carpentaria-1 vertical well average flow rate to 0.364mn ft3/ day over the first 10 days following recommencement of extended production testing.