Eskdale-2 Plugged & Abandoned; Rig Moves to Stybarrow-3

Woodside Petroleum reports that the Eskdale-2 exploration well located in the Exmouth Sub-basin was plugged and abandoned as planned. The rig departed the well on May 16, 2004 and moved to the Stybarrow-3 appraisal well location. Stybarrow-3 is located approximately 2kms northeast of Stybarrow-1.

Prior to plugging and abandoning Eskdale-2, coring operations were completed.

The Atwood Eagle semisub drilled the well. Eskdale-2 is approximately 2.3 kilometers southwest of Eskdale-1. Water depth at the location is approximately 825 meters.

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