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Empyrean Energy

Empyrean Energy

Empyrean is an AIM listed profitable onshore US oil & gas development and production company.  Its primary focus is on its 3% interest in the Marathon Oil operated Sugarloaf AMI centrally positioned in the liquids rich sweet-spot within the Eagle Ford Shale Texas – the largest oil and gas development in the world based on capital invested. Empyrean is well-positioned to benefit from Marathon's rapid and highly-efficient drilling programme at Sugarloaf and to capitalise on the significant additional upside available from initiatives.  As at 2 September 2015, Empyrean had an interest in 241 gross producing wells with full development expected to reach over 770 wells.  The Company has a term debt facility of up to US$50 million with Macquarie Bank, subject to reserve hurdles and drawdown approvals, in place in order to develop this acreage.

Deal EME Tax Free* Losses can exceed
your initial deposit
*subject to change and depends on individual circumstances.

Empyrean Energy

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Big picture - Why invest in Empyrean Energy

Empyrean Energy Snapshot


Empyrean Energy plc is an oil and gas explorer and producer listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market.


Empyrean was established to finance the exploration, development and production of energy resource projects in geopolitically stable environments.


Empyrean's current core asset is a working interest in the Sugarloaf Project in Texas which is an advanced Eagle Ford Shale condensate and gas development operated by Marathon Oil Company.


Empyrean has a strong management team, with many years experience in both the global investment and energy industry. The company is currently involved in four projects and continues to pursue other exciting energy opportunities.


Within a short period of time, Empyrean has proven its ability to identify, analyse, negotiate and fund excellent projects with an appropriate mix of risk versus reward. Empyrean will continue to balance out its portfolio of projects with a continual review of opportunities globally. Empyrean has typically participated in late stage exploration and can fast track the process from identification of a suitable project through to funding and drilling.




The Company is currently involved in several projects, being:


  • Sugarloaf, Hosston
  • Riverbend, Texas
  • Eagle Oil, California [48.5% working interest]






(Original EME Interest between 3%-9%)


Empyrean entered the original farm-in agreement with Houston based Texas Crude Energy Inc ("TCEI") on 6 April 2006. The Sugarloaf-1 well intercepted   secondary objectives, including both  the Austin Chalk and underlying Eagle Ford Shale, which are the gas-condensate producing reservoirs of the Sugarkane Field, the discovery well of which lies 6.6 km to the west of Sugarloaf-1.


The Sugarkane Field has potential recoverable reserves of more than 3 trillion cubic feet of gas and 500 million barrels of condensate. Its extent  encompasses  Blocks A and B in which Empyrean holds interests.hal


Empyrean had participated in the drilling of 4 wells in Block A and 4 in Block B prior to the farmin to Block B by Hilcorp Energy Company in 2009.


Initial estimates indicate the potential recoverable reserves attributable to each producing well could lie between 2-10 billion cubic feet of gas equivalent.


On the 21 September 2009 Empyrean Energy announced that TCEI, the operator of Block B, had been successful in its efforts to farm-out Block B to Hilcorp Energy Company ("Hilcorp"), the fourth largest private E&P company in the USA. Hilcorp   successfully re-stimulated 3 existing Sugarloaf horizontal wells and drilled 3 new wells at 100% their cost to earn a 50% interest in Block B.

Marathon Oil  as the new operator has since embarked on an accelerated  drilling programme.  A continuous development programme in which the drilling of at least  230 wells is envisaged.



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(EME Interest 10%)


Empyrean Energy announced on the 1 June 2009 that it had entered into a Participating Agreement with Krescent Energy Partners11, LP of Houston Texas ("Krescent") to acquire a 10% working interest in Krescent's Riverbend Project.


The Project Area  is located in the Tyler and Jasper Counties. The Area is also ideally located south of the prolific Brookeland Field (Austin Chalk).


The project has a mean estimated potential of 80 billion cubic feet of gas equivalent. The project targets primarily the Austin Chalk and Saratoga formations.


An unsuccessful attempt in 2010 to re-enter the highly-pressured Austin Chalk reservoir of Quinn 3-H was followed by the successful drilling of the Cartwight  No1 well in the same year. The well is at present producing gas and minor condensate  from the Austin Chalk .




(EME Interest 48.5%)


The Eagle Oil Pool Development Project is located in the San Joaquin Basin, southern California. It is a proven oil and gas province and has produced in excess of 12 billion barrels and 11 trillion cubic feet of gas. The project area covers approximately 4300 acres.


The primary target is the Gatchell Sand Member of the Eocene Lodo Formation. It is estimated that the Eagle Oil pool has mean (P50) recoverable reserves of 7.1 million barrels of oil and 12.3 billion cubic feet of gas.


Empyrean Energy Plc increased its interest from 38.5 % to 48.5% when original operator, ASX-listed Victoria Petroleum NL, was replaced by the American company, R&M Oil & Gas in 2009. Subsequently, Strata-X, Inc has become operator of the project.


The Eagle North -1 well drilled in 2006 encountered oil but was abandoned due to technical problems. The results of a drilling programme at present underway in adjacent acreage could influence future seismic configuration if the expected   geological objectives in addition to the Gatchell Sand Member  are encountered .


Dr Patrick Cross - Non Executive Chairman

Dr Cross has international experience in corporate finance, organisation structures, marketing and joint venture operations. His previous positions include 25 years with BP specialising in marketing, strategic planning and business development across different cultures. He also worked for two years as President of Cable & Wireless Japan, and six years as Managing Director of BBC World Ltd. Patrick has operated in South America, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom establishing relationships at senior levels with major companies, Governments and the European Commission. He is non-executive chairman of Mercom Oil Sands plc and was a non-executive director of Orca Interactive Limited until that company was successfully sold in 2008.


Tom Kelly - CEO/ Director

Mr Kelly has had more than 17 years corporate, finance and investment banking experience. During this period, Tom has had involvement in and been responsible for the financing of numerous listed companies on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and several mergers and acquisitions within the Australian corporate sector. He is a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.


Frank Brophy - Technical Director

Mr Brophy has over 44 years experience as a petroleum geologist in the exploration, development and production of many world class projects. His roles have seen him involved in operations around the world, including Australia, Asia, Europe, USA and the Middle East. More recent overseas activities include four years as General Manager of the Hanoi operation in North Vietnam, for France based company Maurel & Prom, and almost two years in Sicily representing the same company in gas appraisal and development. Frank's previous positions also include his former role as Manager of International Business Development for Ampolex Limited, Chief Geologist of Elf Aquitaine Australia and Exploration Manager for five years with Peko Oil Limited.  He is currently a non-executive director of ASX listed Golden Gate Petroleum Ltd.


John Laycock - Financial Director

Mr Laycock has over 30 years experience in accounting, finance and risk management. His previous positions include 22 years with BP both in UK and international experience in France and Japan. John has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol University and is a Chartered Management Accountant. He is based in the UK and currently works for an electricity generating company.


Amanda Wilton-Heald - Company Secretary & Financial Controller

Mrs Wilton-Heald is a Chartered Accountant with over eleven years of experience within Australia and the UK. Mrs Wilton-Heald has six years experience as an auditor, where she was involved in the audit of ASX listed and LSE listed company Financial Statements. Mrs Wilton-Heald has five years accounting experience with a UK AIM listed company specialising in the provision of collaboration technology. Mrs Wilton-Heald has been involved in the listing of junior explorer companies on the ASX and has experience in corporate advisory and company secretarial services. Mrs Wilton-Heald is currently Company Secretary of ASX Listed Cortona Resources Limited, Jacka Resources Limited and Potash West NL.



Securities Information


  • 216,282,073 ordinary shares of 0.2p each
  • 65,975,000 unlisted options on issue
  • Nil shares held in treasury


There are no restrictions on the transfer of the ordinary shares.


The percentage of AIM securities that is not in public hands (as defined in AIM rules): 75.08%*.


* of this figure 15.02% is held by TD Direct Investing Nominees (Europe) Limited and 10.80% is held by Vidacos Nominees.


Significant Shareholders


  • 15.02% TD Direct Investing Nominees (Europe)
  • 10.80% Vidacos Nominees
  • 9.92% Barclayshare Nominees
  • 9.59% Thomas Kelly
  • 7.12% LR Nominees
  • 4.18% HSBC Client Holdings Nominees (UK)
  • 3.84% HSDL Nominees
  • 3.52% Dartington Portfolio Nominees
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Principal Business Office

Level 45

108 St Georges Terrace


WA 6000


Postal Address

GPO Box 2517


WA 6831



Contact Details

Email:  [email protected]


Registered Office

200 Strand




Nominated Adviser

Shore Capital and Corporate Limited


Nominated Broker

Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited


Auditors & Reporting Accountants

Chapman Davis Ltd

2 Chapel Court




Solicitors to the Company

Kerman & Co LLP

200 Strand





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