Woodside Spuds Eskdale-1 Well

Woodside Petroleum Ltd., reports that the Eskdale-1 exploration well located in permit WA-255-P within the Exmouth Sub-basin was spudded last week and the rig is drilling ahead after setting casing.

The well is being drilled using Atwood Oeanic's semisub Atwood Falcon. The location is approximately 13 kilometers north of the recent Stybarrow oil discovery in WA-255-P. Water depth at the location is 798 meters. Planned total depth is 3140 meters.

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