Woodside Spuds Dorade-1 Exploration Well

Woodside has spud the Dorade-1 exploration well, in Block 2 offshore Mauritania. Smedvig's drillship, West Navigator, is drilling the top hole of the well. The bottom hole, containing the primary interval in the well, will be drilled at a later date by the Stena Drilling's semisub, Stena Tay.

The location is about 165km south west of Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania and about 85km south of the Chinguetti oil field. Water depth at the location is about 1670 meters. Planned total depth is about 2660 meters.