WOODSIDE has been awarded a 780,600 hectare permit in the offshore Bonaparte basin by the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator.

WA 522 P was a re-released area from the 2014 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release – reference number W14-1, a departmental spokesperson said.

Lying 20 kilometres off the coast of northern Western Australia at its closest point and reported to be 400 kilometres west of Darwin, the block sits in the Petrel sub-basin and also covers the Londonderry High.

Woodside has committed to acquiring 1,586 square kilometres of 3D broadband seismic data as well as processing that data.

The company must also complete 1,500 square kilometres of 3D full waveform inversion and geotechnical studies in 2020 and  drill an exploration well in 2021 or 2022.

The news came as the company announced two wells targeting oil in the Beagle sub-basin, located on the east of the Carnarvon basin, were found to be dry holes.

Woodside drilled the Skippy Rock 1 and Stokes 1 wells on permit area WA 472 P in water depths of 67 metres in February, reaching depths of 1,943 metres and 2,375 metres respectively.

A survey over parts of the Carnarvon basin, mainly Pluto production licence WA 34 L, was also compleeted during the quarter as part of planned reservoir surveillance and management activities – with 1,241 square kilometres of data acquired.

No exploration work or appraisal wells are planned to be drilled during the second quarter of 2016, Woodside said in its first quarter report.

The company had greater succeess at its overseas projects, with the company announcing a gas discovery at its Thalin 1A well in Block A 6 offshore Myanmar on 4 January.