Woodside Petroleum makes gas discovery off the western coast of Australia

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Australian energy company Woodside Petroleum has announced that it has found gas off the western coast of Australia, near its existing LNG infrastructure.

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The company said the gas discovery ran through a 60 foot column of natural gas in the Pyxis-1 exploration well.

“Given its location, this successful exploration outcome offers future tie-back potential to Woodside’s existing Pluto infrastructure,” said Woodside Executive Vice President Global Exploration Philip Loader in an ASX Announcement.

Pyxis-1 is located in Production Licence WA-34-L, within Western Australia’s Dampier Sub-Basin and is located approximately 9.3 miles (15 kilometres) north of Woodside’s producing Pluto Gas Field infrastructure.

Woodside is Australia’s largest oil and gas company, serving as the operator of the giant Pluto liquefied natural gas project in the country.

Last week, Woodside announced that it had finalised the purchase of Apache’s stakes in the Wheatstone LNG and Balnaves oil projects located in the Northern Carnarvon basin, offshore Western Australia.

The company also signed production sharing contracts for offshore blocks AD-2, AD-5, A-4 and A-7, awarded to the company in the 2013 Myanmar Offshore Bid Round.