Australia-based Woodside Petroleum has announced that it discovered gas at its Pyxis-1 exploration well, off the coast of Dampier in Western Australia.

The well is located in production licence WA-34-L, approximately 15km north of Woodside’s producing Pluto Gas Field infrastructure.

Pyxis-1 exploration well has intersected approximately 18.5m of net gas within the Jurassic sandstone target.

"Given its location, this successful exploration outcome offers future tie-back potential to Woodside’s existing Pluto infrastructure." 

The well reached a total depth of 3,347m.

Wireline logging confirmed the discovery through the recovery of gas samples to surface and establishment of a gas pressure gradient.

Woodside executive vice-president for global exploration Philip Loader said: "Given its location, this successful exploration outcome offers future tie-back potential to Woodside’s existing Pluto infrastructure."

Woodside Burrup is the operator and 90% equity owner of WA-34-L while Kansai Electric Power Australia and Tokyo Gas Pluto each hold 5% interest.

Earlier this month, Woodside Petroleum completed the $2.82bn acquisition of LNG and oil assets owned by Apache Corporation. This deal was announced in December.