18 July 2012 Red Emperor Resources NL ("Red Emperor" or the "Company") Shabeel North Drilling Update
Red Emperor Resources NL is pleased to advise that the Shabeel North well currently being drilled in Puntland by joint venture partner and operator, Horn Petroleum Corp , is at a current depth of 1,967meters and has penetrated a 50 meter gross section of upper Jesomma sands with oil shows. An open hole drill stem test is currently underway to determine if this zone is oil or water bearing and should be concluded within the next 24 to 48 hours. Regardless of the result of this test, the well will continue to drill to the base of the Jesomma sands to evaluate any additional lower Jesomma potential pay zones.
Fox-Davies Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker) Barry Saint
+44 20 3463 5010
Daniel Fox-Davies / Richard Hail +44 20 3463 5000
Old Park Lane Capital plc (Joint Broker) Luca Tenuta / Michael Parnes +44 20 7493 8188 Tavistock Communications Lydia Eades/ Ed Portman +44 20 7920 3150 Background
Red Emperor Resources NL is a natural resources exploration company with interests in the frontier state of Puntland, Somalia and the Republic of Georgia.
* In Puntland, Red Emperor holds a 20% working interest in two licences encompassing the highly prospective Dharoor and Nugaal valleys. These two exploration areas cover over 36,000km2. Horn, the operator and 60% interest holder, has completed drilling the first well (Shabeel-1) in a two well program and has now spudded the second well (Shabeel North). Target Depth for Shabeel North is 2,400m with the primary target being Upper Cretaceous Jesomma sands, which had good oil and gas shows and 12 - 20m of potential net pay in the Shabeel-1 well 3.5 kilometers to the south. Shabeel-1 will be flow tested following completion of Shabeel North.
* In the Republic of Georgia, Red Emperor has a 20% working interest in onshore blocks VIa and VIb, covering approx. 6,500km2. Joint Venture partner Range Resources Limited previously funded a 410km 2D seismic program with independent consultants RPS Energy identifying 68 potential structures containing an estimated 2.045 billion barrels of undiscovered oilâ€"inâ€"place (on a mean 100% basis) with the first (Mukhiani-1) of two conventional exploration wells having spudded in July 2011. The Joint Venture is now focussing on a revised development strategy that will target low-cost, shallow appraisal drilling of the contingent resources around the Tkibuli-Shaori ("Tkibuli") coal deposit, which straddles the central sections of the two blocks.
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