Australia & Asia-Pacific

We are maximising and extending our Australian core with regional growth potential.

We are focused on building prospect inventories from 3D seismic surveys in Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Myanmar. We are also testing proven and new plays through high-impact drilling campaigns.

Our application of new and innovative seismic imaging techniques like Full Waveform Inversion technology supports our active regional studies, basin analysis and prospect maturation in our permit interests.


Our exploration activities in Australia are focused on identifying prospects near existing infrastructure in northwest Western Australia.

Woodside currently operates 10 exploration permits and holds non-operator equity in five permits. We have offshore equities in the Exmouth Plateau, Bonaparte Basin and the Beagle, Dampier and Exmouth Sub-Basins.

We are maintaining exploration drilling in offshore Western Australia to build our gas volumes and maximise the value of our existing Australian assets – Karratha Gas Plant and Pluto LNG Plant.​

Total acreage: 44,748km2

 BlockBP             Woodside    Shell         BHP            Chevron       MIM            CNOOC          KUFPEC Australia     Mitsui         E&P   Finder      
 WA-28-P-R8​15.78%15.78% (operator)​​15.78% 15.78%​15.78%15.78%5.3%--​-
​WA-255-P R3​-​50%​-​50% (operator)​-​-​-​-​-​-
​WA-271-P R3​-​60% (operator)​-​-​-​-​-​-​40%​-
​WA-356-P-R1​-​​65% (operator)​-​-​-​-​-35%​-​-
​WA-404-P-R1​-​​100% (operator)​-​-​-​-​-​-​-​-
​WA-428-P R1​-​​70% (operator)​-​-​-​-​-​-​30%​-
​WA-430-P R1​-​​70% (operator)​-​-​-​-​-​-​30%​-
​WA-483-P​-​​60% (operator)​-​-​-​-​-​40%​-​-
​WA-520-P​-​​​90% (operator)​-​-​-​-​-​-​-​10%
​WA-522-P​-​100% (operator)​​-​-​-​-​--​​-​-
​WA-526-P​-​50%-​​-​50% (operator)​-​-​-​-​-
​WA-528-P​-​50%​-​-​​50% (operator)​--​​-​-​-
​WA-529-P​-​50%​-​-​50% (operator)​-​-​-​-​-
​WA-530-P​-​50%​-​-​​50% (operator)​-​-​-​-​-



Woodside is one of the largest offshore petroleum acreage holders in Myanmar. We have established a strong acreage position, with interests in nine offshore blocks, through a combination of successful bid rounds and farm-ins. Collectively, our nine permits across the Rakhine Basin make up approximately 56,600km². Our significant footprint in Myanmar represents an organic, high-value growth opportunity to meet increasing energy needs of an emerging region. 

Woodside's early-mover strategy in Myanmar delivers competitive advantage in an underexplored region close to major and growing energy markets. Our position in the Rakhine Basin, an area with proven and potential hydrocarbon volumes, aligns with our strategy to secure international growth opportunities in frontier and emerging basins that leverage our experience and capabilities in deep water exploration and development. 

In 2018, we will build upon our 2017 exploration successes through a drilling campaign that includes plans for three wells.  

T​otal acreage: 56,000km2

​A-6​40%40%​ (joint operator)​--​20%​ (joint operator)-​​-
​AD-7​-​40% (joint operator)​-​-​-​60% (joint operator)​-
45% (operator)45%10%--​-
AD-5​-55% (operator)45%---​-
A-4​-45%45% (operator)10%--​-
AD-2​-45%55% (operator)---​-
​*AD-1​-50% (joint operator)​​-​-​-​-​50% (joint operator)
​*AD-6​-​50% (joint operator)​-​-​-​-​50% (joint operator)
​*AD-8​-​50% (joint operator)​-​-​-​-​50% (joint operator)