Atlantic Margins

​​​​​​​​We are building a strategic footprint with optionality in underexplored emerging plays.

The Atlantic Margins and Latin America provide evidence of working Mesozoic petroleum systems. Our focus in the region is on play diversity and multiple trapping geometries in emerging and frontier basins, which have the potential to deliver material exploration targets with line of sight to commerciality.

Currently Woodside holds exploration permits in Senegal, Ireland, Morocco and Peru.


Woodside has been active in the offshore region of Senegal since 2016 when we acquired Conoco Phillips Senegal B.V. 35% equity in a production sharing contract (PSC) for the Rufisque, Sangomar, Sangomar Deep joint venture (RSSD JV). The Government of Senegal undertook a due diligence assessment of Woodside’s capabilities and competencies as an operator, and subsequently reaffirmed Woodside’s participation in the RSSD JV.

In 2017, the RSSD JV completed a five-well exploration and appraisal campaign on schedule and under budget, further improving our understanding of the SNE field. Woodside is currently Development Lead for the SNE Field Development and plans to transition to Operator of the RSSD JV in 2018.

Woodside is committed to working with our joint venture participants and the Government of Senegal to achieve the earliest commercialisation of resources in Senegal. We bring to the joint venture extensive experience in responsibly developing and operating floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facilities. Woodside’s expertise in horizontal well and completion design, subsea gathering system design, project execution and production excellence complements the joint venture participants’ capabilities. 

The joint venture is reviewing potential 2018 drilling opportunities, including a prospect in the shallow water Rufisque Offshore Block.

Further information on the SNE Field Development can be found here.

Total acreage: 7,137km2

Block​WoodsideCairn Energy SenegalFAR Limited (Senegal)Petrosen Oil and Energy
Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore, Sangomar Deep Offshore (RSSD)35% 40% (operator)​15%10%


Woodside holds three Frontier Exploration Licences (FELs 5/13, 3/14 and 5/14) and one Licensing Option (LO 16/14) in the Porcupine Basin.

Extensive 3D seismic surveys were conducted in 2016, including 1,600 km² of 3D data in LO 16/14 and 2,400 km² of 3D data in FELs 3/14 and 5/14.

Total acreage: 3,907km2

FELs / LOs Woodside Bluestack Energy Ltd Petrel Resources P/c      AzEire Ltd
FEL 5/1390% (operator)10%  
FEL 3/1485% (operator) 15% 
FEL 5/1460% (operator)       40%
FEL ​16/14*100% (operator)

* LO 16/14 is valid for two years from 1 March 2016, after which Woodside may apply for a one year extension or for it to be converted to a 15-year Frontier Exploration Licence (FEL).


Woodside currently holds six exploration permits offshore Morocco. We plan to drill one well, Rabat Deep-1, in Q1 2018 to test the JP1 prospect; a large, four-way dip closed structure in an area considered to have oil potential.

Total acreage: 6,739km2

PermitWoodside​Eni Maroc B.V.Chariot Oil & GasONHYM
Rabat Deep I - VI25%​40% (operator)10% (operator)25%



Woodside holds one exploration permit in Peru’s Ene Basin, a Sub-Basin of the Ucayali Basin. The joint venture plans to drill one well, Boca Satipo East, in Block 108 in Q3 2018.

Total acreage: 8,692km2

BlockWoodsidePluspetrol E&P S.A.
10835%65% (operator)