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04.03.2022 Technical Safety & Risk Management Well Management

AGR engaged by Emperor Energy to progress permitting of Judith-2 well off Australia

AGR’s Well Management division has secured a new contract with Emperor Energy Limited (ASX: EMP) (‘Emperor’) on its Judith-2 appraisal well off the coast of Victoria, Australia.

AGR’s Well Management experts in Perth will progress the preparation and submission of necessary applications to the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) to gain approval to drill the Judith-2 appraisal.

The well is planned for the Judith Gas Field located in permit Vic/P47 in the Gippsland Basin, 40km offshore from the Orbost gas plant. Emperor holds 100% in the permit.

Judith location

Figure 1: Judith Gas Field Location in Gippsland Basin and proximity to Orbost Gas Plant


AGR’s initial work scope will include preparation of an Environment Plan for drilling the Judith-2 appraisal well, preparation of an Environment Plan for geological and geophysical testing of the Judith-2 wellsite to accommodate a jack-up drill rig, and completion of the necessary engineering and environmental studies to facilitate the environmental plans. It will also include overall project management and engineering to further progress the basis of design of the drilling programme.

Once the necessary regulatory approvals are in place, AGR will provide final well design, procurement, contracting and drilling operational services for the Judith-2 well.

The contract award follows Emperor’s very positive results achieved from new 3D seismic across the field and Amplitude Versus Offset (AVO) analysis indicating the presence of gas conforming to structural closure in the primary objective Judith and Longtom reservoir sands. An additional play has also been identified from AVO analysis in Kipper and Golden Beach sands (tied back to the nearby Kipper-1 well), with the potential for an updip extension into Vic/P47 of the producing Kipper Gas Field.

The proposed Judith-2 appraisal well will test the primary Judith and Longtom sands as well as test the new Kipper and Golden Beach sand play, when drilled in 2023.

Andy Perchard, VP APAC of AGR, said “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with Emperor Energy. The AVO results have further demonstrated the high quality prospect that the Judith-2 well represents. We look forward to working closely with Emperor as we progress towards a 2023 drilling date.


The contract with Emperor builds on what has been a fantastic start to the year with AGR Well Management securing multiple projects across the globe from Brazil to the Gippsland Basin. The breadth of services provided to our clients ranges from regulatory support, peer reviews, CCS expertise to the provision of Well Project Management for a number of upcoming drilling projects.

Andy commented further, “It is fantastic to be involved in so many projects globally and also to be able to offer the full spectrum of AGR’s services to our clients. It genuinely shows our ability to manage any scope of work and is a testament to the depth and breadth of our offering at AGR.

This is what separates AGR from its competitors, not only are we the world’s largest independent Well Management provider but our business has also evolved over the years to provide a true engineering consultancy to our clients in support of their needs.”

For more information about how we can support our clients within Well Management and Well Engineering, please contact Andy Perchard.