Woodside Spuds Samoa #1

Woodside reports that the Samoa #1 exploration well in Brazos Area block A10 in the Gulf of Mexico was spudded last week by the Rowan Paris jackup in approxiomately 127 feet of water.

Pioneer Natural Resources is the operator of the Samoa prospect. Planned total depth is approximately 18,200 feet (referenced to the rig rotary table). The Samoa #1 is the second of an eight well program that Woodside Energy (USA) Inc. and Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. have agreed to drill in 2003 and 2004. Woodside and Pioneer are equal participants in OCS-G 21314.