Woodside discovers natural gas with Martin-1 in the Carnarvon Basin offshore Western Australia

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Australian producer Woodside Petroleum has discovered natural gas with its Martin-1 exploration well on WA-404-P in the Carnarvon Basin offshore Western Australia.

Drilled to a total depth of 4,778 meters, the Martin-1 discovery well intersected about 100 meters of gross gas within the Triassic formation. Wireline logs confirmed the discovery through the recovery of gas samples to surface and the establishment of a gas pressure gradient.

Martin-1 is located within 14 kilometers from Woodside's existing gas discoveries on the permit, including Martell-1, Noblige-1, Larsen Deep-1 and Remy-1, which are also about 100 kilometers from the company's Greater Pluto development.

Developing the Pluto and Xena natural gas fields, the Pluto LNG project is expected to come on stream in 2011. The WA-404-P discoveries may provide enough gas reserves to warrant an expanded LNG development at Pluto.

With Tokyo Gas and Kansai Electric lined up as buyers, Pluto LNG may be expanded to accommodate up to five LNG trains.

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