South East Asia - Philippines
SC55 is located in the southwest Palawan Basin, covers an area of 9,880km2 and was awarded to Otto Energy Investments Ltd (formerly NorAsian Energy Ltd) in 2005. It is a deep-water block in the middle of a proven regional oil and gas fairway that extends from the productive offshore Borneo region in the southwest to the offshore Philippine production assets northwest of Palawan.
Red Emperor participated in a USD $25m exploration well (Hawkeye-1) within the block in 2015 and contributed in excess of AUD $5m towards drilling costs. Over USD $50m has been spent exploring SC55 to date and a number of drill-ready targets remain, including the “Cinco” gas prospect which has a best estimate prospective resource of 1.6tcf recoverable gas. Given the Hawkeye well discovered gas and a working petroleum system relatively close to Cinco, Red Emperor believes that SC55 remains a key asset for the Company to maintain exposure to.