Woodside Hits Oil Pay at Laverda North



Woodside Petroleum has found additional oil in its Laverda North-2 well in Western Australia’s Exmouth sub-basin.

Drilled to a total depth of 7,546 feet (2,300 meters) by the Maersk Discoverer semisub, the Laverda North-2 well discovered a gross interval of 59 feet (18 meters) of new oil-bearing sands. Wireline sampling from the new zone recovered more than 20 liters of oil to the surface.

The well also intersected a gross interval of about 33 feet (10 meters) of oil-bearing sands in the Laverda oil field, which was discovered by Woodside in 2000. Preliminary evaluation is progressing and suggests that the combined volumes of the Greater Laverda area have the potential to contain a recoverable volume in excess of 100 MMbbl of oil. Woodside will conduct additional work to confirm the ultimate size of the accumulations.

The Greater Laverda area is located in WA-36-R, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) west of the Woodside-operated Enfield oil project. Woodside is the operator and 60% owner of WA-36-P with Mitsui E&P holding the remaining interest.  

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