- Woodside Petroleum
net_income = profit $1.427 billion AUD (2006)
num_employees = ~3000
homepage = [http://www.woodside.com.au www.woodside.com.au]
Woodside Petroleum Limited is an Australian
petroleumexploration and production company. It is a public company listed on the Australian Securities Exchangeand has its headquarters in Perth, Western Australia.
Woodside was founded in 1954 as Woodside (Lakes Entrance) Oil Co NL. The company was named after the town of Woodside in Victoria, Australia, which was near the area that the company initially explored for oil. [ [http://www.woodside.com.au/Profile/History.htm Woodside company history, accessed 20 Aug 2007] ]
Woodside explored for ten years both onshore and offshore Victoria without success. In 1963 the company was awarded exploration rights over a large tract offshore north-western Australia in an area now known as the
North West Shelf. Subsequent drilling resulted in a number of major oil and gas discoveries including Scott Reef (now known as Torosa), North Rankin and Angel in 1971 and Goodwyn in 1972.
Woodside is one of Australia's largest companies. It currently employs more than 3000 people at various locations around the world. The company has a market capitalisation of more than AUD 30 billion and reserves at December 2006 of 1.58 billion
barrels of oil equivalent. Shell Australia owns 34% of Woodside. [ [http://au.finance.yahoo.com/q/apr?s=WPL.AX Yahoo Finance - profile for Woodside Petroleum Ltd; accessed 20 August 2007] ]
Within Australia Woodside operates the
North West Shelf Venturewhich comprises a number of offshore gas and gas-condensate fields including Goodwyn and North Rankin. Gas is produced through a pipeline to Karratha, Western Australiawhere it is processed for Australian and export markets. The company also operated the Legendre oil field off Karratha but sold its interests in this field to Exxonmobil. Woodside currently is the majority stakeholder and operator of the Enfield oil field offshore from Exmouth in Western Australia, the Laminaria-Corallina oil field offshore northern Australia and the Thylacine and Geographe gas fields offshore Victoria in southern Australia.
Exploration and development activities are ongoing in a number of regions outside of Australia including the
Gulf of Mexicoin the USA.
Woodside announced in September 2007 that it will sell its interest in the
Chinguetti oil field, offshore Mauritaniato Petronas[ [http://www.woodside.com.au/NR/rdonlyres/B56F619A-1FB9-4516-B921-D1EF8F5535ED/0/SaleofMauritaniaInterests.pdf Company announcement regarding sale of Mauretania interests, accessed 27 September 2007] ] .
In February 2006, the Mauritanian government led by
Ely Ould Mohamed Valldenounced amendments to an oil contract made by former authoritarian leader Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Tayawith Woodside Petroleum. In 2004, Woodside had agreed to invest US$ 600 million in developing Mauritania's Chinguetti offshore oil project. The controversial amendments, which Mauritanian authorities declared had been signed "outside the legal framework of normal practice, to the great detriment of our country", could cost Mauritania up to $200 million a year, according to "BBC News". [cite news | title=Mauritania and firm row over oil | publisher=BBC News | date=February 6, 2006 | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4684836.stmcite news | title=Crise ouverte avec la compagnie pétrolière Woodside | publisher=Radio France International | date=February 6, 2006 | url=http://www.rfi.fr/actufr/articles/074/article_41704.asp] The Australian Federal Policein June 2006 were investigating Woodside for allegations of bribery and corruption in Mauritaniaaccording to the Sydney Morning Herald[ [http://www.theage.com.au/news/business/police-start-woodside-probe-over-bribery-claim/2006/10/12/1160246263011.html News story on prosecution] ] [ [http://www.smh.com.au/news/business/slick-operator/2006/06/02/1148956541283.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap2 Sydney Morning Herald - Business report] ] . The AFP officially cleared the company of any wrongdoing in May 2008.
Woodside Petroleum is currently attempting to have some ancient
petroglyphs, or rock art, moved from the Burrup Peninsulain Western Australiato access a natural gas supply there. [ [http://mc2.vicnet.net.au/home/dampier/web/index.html Save Dampier Rock Art home-page] ] [ [http://www.deh.gov.au/cgi-bin/ahdb/search.pl?mode=place_detail;place_id=105711 Australian Heritage Database] ] Western Australia's Burrup Peninsula is the world's largest outdoor rock engraving site, containing rock art of world importance possibly dating back to 30,000 years ago, including possibly the first ever representation of the human face in history. [ [http://www.standupfortheburrup.com/ Stand Up For The Burrup home-page] ]
It has been suggested that intense lobbying by Woodside Petroleum contributed to the Australian Cabinet deciding against emissions trading in August 2000 [http://www.highanddry.com.au/ Guy Pearse, High & Dry: John Howard, Climate Change and the Selling of Australia's Future, Penguin (Australia) 2007, page 75] ] .
* [http://www.woodside.com.au Corporate Website]
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