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Empire Energy Group To Potentially Extend Production Life Of Kansas Oil Wells

Empire Energy Group (ASX: EEG) has plans to potentially extend the life of the oil production wells it has drilled over 2011 and 2012 in Kansas.

All 10 wells drilled to date have focused on the Arbuckle, which is strongly water driven, in an attempt to gain a better understanding of its geology.

This is expected to allow Empire Energy to identify closed, oil producing layers within the formation, though only single layered Arbuckle Formations have been encountered to date.

With the exception of Wells 1 and 2 that were drilled in early 2011, the other 8 wells have not yet tested the Lansing- Kansas City, Viola, Big Springs and Toronto formations.

These tend be less water prone and have potential for oil production, particularly in the LKC and Viola formations.

Potential oil pay in these zones have range in thickness from 15 feet to 50 feet.

As the oil cut in the Arbuckle formation of these new wells reach a less than optimal level, each well will be temporarily plugged at the Arbuckle formation and targeted up-hole formations tested.

Well polymerisation and drilling program

Over the past two months, Empire Energy has carried out its well polymerisation on the producing Kollman-4 well.

Production has so far increased from about 2 barrels per day (bpd) of oil to over 15bpd with oil production still increasing.

Empire Energy is targeting production of about 25bpd, from which there will then be a gradual decline over the next 24 months.

The company plans to complete 5 well polymerisations this year along with drilling at least 10 low risk development wells in the Central Kansas Uplift Region to delineate additional prospects and to convert probable reserves to the proved category.

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