BHP Spuds Eskdale-2 Well

Woodside reports that the Eskdale-2 exploration well located in the Exmouth Sub-basin was spudded this week by the Atwood Eagle. Since operations began the 36 inch hole section has been drilled and cased, and on April 20, 2004 the well was at a depth of 891 meters and was preparing to drill the 17-1/2 inch hole section.

The well location is approximately 2.3 kilometers southwest of Eskdale-1. Water depth at the location is approximately 825 meters. Planned total depth is approximately 2,970 meters.

Equal joint venture participants in WA-255-P are BHP Billiton Petroleum (Australia) Pty. Ltd. and Woodside Energy Ltd.