Woodside finds gas with Xeres-1 off W. Australia

Rick Wilkinson
OGJ Correspondent

MELBOURNE, May 23 -- Woodside Petroleum has drilled through 51 m of natural gas pay in its Xeres-1 wildcat off Western Australia.

The find, which was drilled in the target Triassic reservoir by the Maersk Discoverer semisubmersible rig, has been confirmed by wireline logs and the recovery of gas samples to surface. A gas pressure gradient has been established.

The Xeres success follows Woodside’s nearby Martin-1 gas discovery last March that encountered 100 m of gross pay in the same reservoir.

The finds are also close to Woodside’s earlier discoveries at Martell, Noblige, Larsen, Larsen Deep, and Remy, all of which add to the company’s total gas reserves earmarked for support of the expansion of the Pluto LNG project.

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