Australian gas-focused independent Santos is high-grading five prospects in the highly attractive Bedout basin offshore Western Australia for future drilling campaigns.

Based on interpretation of the latest 3D seismic data acquired over exploration permits WA-435-P, WA-436-P, WA-437-P and WA438-P, the currently preferred prospects are Ara, Wallace, Wendolene, Starbuck and the Pavo South, according to co-venturer Carnarvon Energy.