Woodside Spuds Toif Well Offshore Mauritania

Woodside says that the Chinguetti-4-6 (Tiof) exploration well, in Block 4 offshore Mauritania, was spudded last week.

Subsequently, an 18-inch hole was drilled to 1,933 meters, the 13-3/8-inch casing was run and cemented and the blowout preventers were installed. On November 4, 2003, a 12-1/4-inch hole had been drilled to 2,237 meters.

Smedvig's drill ship, West Navigator is drilling the well. The location is approximately 90 kilometers west of Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania. Water depth at the location is 1,078 meters. Planned total depth is approximately 2,900 meters.

Following guidance from the Mauritanian Government, all wells in Mauritania follow the naming convention "Chinguetti-Block number-Well number". The Chinguetti-4-6 (Tiof) well is being drilled on the independent Tiof Prospect, 25 kilometers to the North of the Chinguetti Field.

Participants in the Area B PSC are: Woodside Mauritania Pty Ltd as operator with 35.0%; AGIP Mauritania Bvwith 35.0%; Hardman Resources Ltd with 21.6%; Fusion Mauritania B Limited with 6.0%; and Roc Oil (Mauritania) Company with the remaining 2.4%.