Origin Energy news http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/feed/all.xml Origin Energy news en-us Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:59:17 +1030 CEN Monthly Operational Data December 2014 http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1634 http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1634 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:54:12 GMT <p>Attached herewith is a copy of an announcement released to the NZX by Contact Energy today.</p> <p>Origin Energy holds 53.09% of quoted ordinary shares in Contact Energy Limited.</p> <p><a href="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/files/22Jan15_Monthly_Operational_Data_December_2014.pdf" target="_blank" class="link_pdf gact gact-download">Download full report<span class="link_pdf"></span></a></p> <p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/tracker.php?type=rss&amp;for_news_id=1634" alt="" /></p> Contact signs new Maui gas purchase agreement http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1633 http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1633 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 03:42:31 GMT <p>Contact Energy Limited (Contact) announced today that it has entered into a new agreement with Maui Development Limited (MDL) to purchase between 22 and 26 petajoules of gas over a two-to-three year period. The new agreement replaces an agreement that expired at the end of 2014.</p> <p>Contact's Chief Generation and Development Officer, James Kilty, said "The new Maui agreement, together with our existing contracted gas and reserves at our Ahuroa Gas Storage facility, provides Contact with additional flexibility around the way we use gas to run our thermal power stations. It's pleasing to have reached this agreement with MDL which extends our close relationship."</p> <br /> <p><strong>For further information please contact:</strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Media</strong><br/> Shaun Jones<br/> Ph: <span class="phone">021 204 4521</span></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Investors</strong><br/> Fraser Gardiner <br/> Ph: <span class="phone"> 021 228 3688</span></p> </td> </tr> </table> <div style="font-size: 80%"> <p><strong>About Origin Energy</strong></p> <p>Origin Energy (ASX: ORG) is the leading Australian integrated energy company focused on gas and oil exploration and production, power generation and energy retailing. A member of the S&amp;P/ASX 20 Index, the Company has approximately 6,700 employees and is a leading producer of gas in eastern Australia. Origin is Australia's largest energy retailer servicing 4.3 million electricity, natural gas and LPG customer accounts and has one of the country's largest and most flexible generation portfolios with approximately 6,010 MW of capacity, through either owned generation or contracted rights. Origin's strategic positioning and portfolio of assets provide flexibility, stability and significant opportunities for growth across the energy industry. Through Australia Pacific LNG, its incorporated joint venture with ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, Origin is developing one of Australia's largest CSG to LNG projects based on Australia's largest 2P CSG reserves base.</p> <p>In New Zealand, Origin is the major shareholder in Contact Energy, a leading integrated energy company, operating geothermal, thermal and hydro generation facilities totalling 2,359 MW and servicing approximately 568,000 electricity, gas and LPG customers across both the North and South islands. Origin also operates several oil and gas projects in New Zealand and is one of the largest holders of petroleum exploration acreage in the country.</p> <p>Origin has a strong focus on ensuring the sustainability of its operations, is the largest green energy retailer in Australia and has significant investments in renewable energy technologies.</p> <p>For more information go to <a href="http://www.originenergy.com.au" target="_blank">www.originenergy.com.au</a></p> </div><p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/tracker.php?type=rss&amp;for_news_id=1633" alt="" /></p> Speculant-1 exploration well reaches total depth http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1631 http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1631 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:47:09 GMT <p>Origin Energy Limited (Origin) today announced that the Speculant-1 exploration well, which spudded at 04.00 hours EST on 23 September 2014, had reached total depth of 4,917m MDRT (Measured Depth Below Rotary Table).</p> <p>As announced on 9 December 2014, the Speculant-1 exploration well had encountered potentially commercial quantities of gas in primary target Waarre Formation reservoirs in the Otway Basin, offshore Victoria.</p> <p>Preparations are being made to suspend the Speculant-1 exploration well while development options for the resource are assessed.</p> <p><strong>Well type and location:</strong></p> <p>The Speculant-1 exploration well is situated approximately 3km off the southern Victorian coastline, about 30km south east of Warrnambool. Extended reach drilling technology is being employed to access offshore gas reservoirs. The well was drilled using the rig Ensign 931 in conjunction with the development drilling of the Halladale field. Origin has 100 per cent ownership of the Speculant-1 well permit.</p> <table style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; width: 455px;" border="0" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Media</strong></p> <p>Stephen Ellaway<br/> Senior External Affairs Manager Ph: +61 2 9375 5834<br/> Mobile: +61 417 851 287 </p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Investors</strong></p> <p>Chau Le<br/> Group Manager, Investor Relations Ph: +61 2 9375 5816<br/> Mobile: +61 467 799 642 </p> </td> </tr> </table> <div style="font-size: 80%" class="newsroom_about_origin"> <p><strong>About Origin Energy</strong><br /> Origin Energy (ASX: ORG) is the leading Australian integrated energy company focused on gas and oil exploration and production, power generation and energy retailing. A member of the S&amp;P/ASX 20 Index, the company has more than 5,800 employees and is a leading producer of gas in eastern Australia. Origin is Australia's largest energy retailer servicing 4.3 million electricity, natural gas and LPG customer accounts and has the country's largest and one of the most flexible generation portfolios with approximately 5,900 MW of capacity, through either owned generation or contracted rights. Origin's strategic positioning and portfolio of assets provide flexibility, stability and significant opportunities for growth across the energy industry. Through Australia Pacific LNG, its incorporated joint venture with ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, Origin is developing one of Australia's largest CSG to LNG projects based on Australia's largest 2P CSG reserves base.</p> <p>In New Zealand, Origin is the major shareholder in Contact Energy, the country's leading integrated energy company, operating geothermal, thermal and hydro generation facilities and servicing electricity, gas and LPG customers across both the North and South islands. Origin also operates several oil and gas projects in New Zealand and is one of the largest holders of petroleum exploration acreage in the country.</p> <p>Origin has a strong focus on ensuring the sustainability of its operations, is the largest green energy retailer in Australia and has significant investments in renewable energy technologies.</p> <p>For more information go to <a href="http://www.originenergy.com.au">www.originenergy.com.au</a>.</p> </div><p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/tracker.php?type=rss&amp;for_news_id=1631" alt="" /></p> CEN Monthly Operational Data November 2014 http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1629 http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1629 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:40:58 GMT <p>Attached herewith is a copy of an announcement released to the NZX by Contact Energy today.</p> <p>Origin Energy holds 53.09% of quoted ordinary shares in Contact Energy Limited.</p> <p><a href="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/files/19Dec14_Monthly_Operational_Data_November_2014.pdf" target="_blank" class="link_pdf gact gact-download">Download full report<span class="link_pdf"></span></a></p><p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/tracker.php?type=rss&amp;for_news_id=1629" alt="" /></p> Another milestone achieved in BassGas MLE project http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1627 http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1627 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:54:48 GMT <p>Origin Energy Limited (Origin), as Operator of the BassGas Joint Venture, has confirmed that another milestone has been achieved in the BassGas Mid Life Enhancement (MLE) project, with the successful lift of the export compression and condensate pumping modules into place on the Yolla offshore platform. </p> <p>The lift was completed safely during a planned maintenance shutdown from 24 November 2014 by the specialist heavy lift vessel, the Sapura 3000, with the vessel released Friday 12 December 2014. BassGas is due to recommence production in late December. </p> <p>Origin Chief Executive Officer Upstream, Mr Paul Zealand said, "We are pleased to have safely completed the module lift, which is an important first step in Stage 2 of the BassGas MLE project aiming to extend the production life of the Yolla field. The team is now focussed on preparations for drilling the Yolla-5 and Yolla-6 wells, including the arrival of the drill rig, the West Telesto, with the drilling operation expected to begin in the New Year." </p> <p>Once the Yolla-5 and Yolla-6 wells are drilled and tied in, they will extend production from the Yolla field through the BassGas production facility at Lang Lang, Victoria. </p> <p>The Yolla Platform is located in Bass Strait, approximately 140km off shore from Kilcunda, Victoria. </p> <p><strong>BassGas Joint Venture: </strong></p> <table width="100%" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="75%">Origin Energy Resources Limited (Operator)<sup>*</sup>: </td> <td align="right">42.50%</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="75%">AWE Limited (through subsidiaries):</td> <td align="right">35.00%</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="75%">Prize Petroleum Company Limited:</td> <td align="right">11.25%</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="75%"><p>Toyota Tsusho Gas E&amp;P Trefoil Limited: <br/> (i/o Toyota Tsusho Gas E&amp;P Trefoil Limited)</p></td> <td align="right">11.25%</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="terms"> <sup>*</sup> Through its wholly owned subsidiaries </p> <p><strong>For further information please contact:</strong></p> <table style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; width: 100%;" border="0" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td><p><strong>Media</strong><br/> Anneliis Allen<br/> Senior External Affairs Manager<br/> Ph:<span class="phone">+61 2 8345 5119</span><br/> Mobile: <span class="phone">+61 428 967 166 </span></p></td> <td><p><strong>Investors</strong><br/> Chau Le<br/> Group Manager, Investor Relations<br/> Ph: <span class="phone">+61 2 9375 5816</span><br/> Mobile: <span class="phone">+61 467 799 642</span></p></td> </tr> </table> <div style="font-size: 80%" class="newsroom_about_origin"> <p><strong>About Origin Energy</strong><br /> Origin Energy (ASX: ORG) is the leading Australian integrated energy company focused on gas and oil exploration and production, power generation and energy retailing. A member of the S&amp;P/ASX 20 Index, the company has more than 5,800 employees and is a leading producer of gas in eastern Australia. Origin is Australia's largest energy retailer servicing 4.3 million electricity, natural gas and LPG customer accounts and has the country's largest and one of the most flexible generation portfolios with approximately 5,900 MW of capacity, through either owned generation or contracted rights. Origin's strategic positioning and portfolio of assets provide flexibility, stability and significant opportunities for growth across the energy industry. Through Australia Pacific LNG, its incorporated joint venture with ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, Origin is developing one of Australia's largest CSG to LNG projects based on Australia's largest 2P CSG reserves base.</p> </div> <p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/tracker.php?type=rss&amp;for_news_id=1627" alt="" /></p> Update on Amended Loan Facilities and APLNG http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1626 http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1626 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:34:31 GMT <h2>Origin completes amendment of syndicated loan facilities to reduce interest cost and extend maturities</h2> <p>Origin Energy Limited (Origin) today announced the successful amendment of its existing $6.6 billion syndicated loan facilities to reduce the interest rate margin, extend the maturity, and increase the limit of the facilities by $750 million to $7.4 billion. The amendment of these facilities was negotiated with a syndicate of domestic and international banks.</p> <p>The interest cost of the bank loan facilities has been reduced by 0.30 per cent per annum and flexibility has been added with increased US dollar drawdown capability.</p> <p>The tenors of the bank loan facilities, which were originally four and five years, have been extended by 16 months to December 2018 and December 2019 respectively.</p> <p>Origin Executive Director, Finance and Strategy, Ms Karen Moses said, "This amendment to extend the Company's debt maturity profile and lower interest costs is timed to benefit from favourable bank loan market conditions and provide further financial flexibility.</p> <p>"Given the attractive funding costs we saw it as prudent to take the opportunity to add to the existing facilities, further supporting a conservative liquidity buffer through start up of Australia Pacific LNG's first and second train. The successful amendment demonstrates ongoing support for Origin by domestic and international banks."</p> <p>ANZ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Mizuho and the National Australia Bank acted as Coordinating Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners on the transaction.</p> <p><a href="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/files/investor-presentation_update-on-amended-loan-facilities-and-aplng.pdf" class="link_pdf" target="_blank">View the <em>Investor Presentation - Update on Amended Loan Facilities and APLNG</em></a> (182KB)</p> <br /> <p><strong>For further information please contact:</strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Media</strong><br/> Anneliis Allen<br/> Senior External Affairs Manager<br/> Ph: <span class="phone">+61 2 8345 5119</span><br/> Mobile: <span class="phone">+61 428 967 166</span></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Investors</strong><br/> Chau Le<br/> Group Manager, Investor Relations<br/> Ph: <span class="phone">+61 2 9375 5816</span><br/> Mobile: <span class="phone">+61 467 799 642</span></p> </td> </tr> </table> <div style="font-size: 80%"> <p><strong>About Origin Energy</strong></p> <p>Origin Energy (ASX: ORG) is the leading Australian integrated energy company focused on gas and oil exploration and production, power generation and energy retailing. A member of the S&amp;P/ASX 20 Index, the Company has approximately 6,700 employees and is a leading producer of gas in eastern Australia. Origin is Australia's largest energy retailer servicing 4.3 million electricity, natural gas and LPG customer accounts and has one of the country's largest and most flexible generation portfolios with approximately 6,010 MW of capacity, through either owned generation or contracted rights. Origin's strategic positioning and portfolio of assets provide flexibility, stability and significant opportunities for growth across the energy industry. Through Australia Pacific LNG, its incorporated joint venture with ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, Origin is developing one of Australia's largest CSG to LNG projects based on Australia's largest 2P CSG reserves base.</p> <p>In New Zealand, Origin is the major shareholder in Contact Energy, a leading integrated energy company, operating geothermal, thermal and hydro generation facilities totalling 2,359 MW and servicing approximately 568,000 electricity, gas and LPG customers across both the North and South islands. Origin also operates several oil and gas projects in New Zealand and is one of the largest holders of petroleum exploration acreage in the country.</p> <p>Origin has a strong focus on ensuring the sustainability of its operations, is the largest green energy retailer in Australia and has significant investments in renewable energy technologies.</p> <p>For more information go to <a href="http://www.originenergy.com.au" target="_blank">www.originenergy.com.au</a></p> </div><p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/tracker.php?type=rss&amp;for_news_id=1626" alt="" /></p> Origin confirms new gas discovery offshore Victoria http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1625 http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1625 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:34:24 GMT <p>Origin Energy (Origin) has confirmed its Speculant-1 exploration well discovered potentially commercial quantities of gas in Waarre Formation reservoirs in the Otway Basin, offshore Victoria, within the Origin operated VIC/L1(v) permit.</p> <p>The Speculant discovery is a tilted fault block structure covering over 7km<sup>2</sup> in a nearshore section off the Otway coast, and sits immediately north of the Halladale and Black Watch fields previously discovered by Origin in 2006.</p> <p>Origin Chief Executive Officer Upstream, Mr Paul Zealand said, "We are pleased to have discovered new gas resources in the Otway Basin, an area in which we have a long history of operating. We look foward to completing further evaluation of the resource, as we seek to continue to expand our gas portfolio in order to meet growing demand for gas."&#157;</p> <p>Logging While Drilling (LWD) data acquired during the drilling of the well indicates the presence of potentially commercial quantities of gas within excellent quality sands of the Waarre Formation. This formation contains sands over a gross interval of approximately 100m vertical thickness.</p> <p>Wireline formation pressure data has confirmed the presence of a gas column of approximately 145m within the Waarre C formation. Further evaluation of secondary targets are currently underway.</p> <p>The Speculant-1 exploration well spudded at 04.00 hours EST on 23 September 2014.</p> <p><strong>Well type and location</strong></p> <p>The Speculant-1 well is situated approximately 3km off the southern Victorian coastline, about 30km south east of Warrnambool. Extended reach drilling technology is being employed to access offshore gas reservoirs. The well is being drilled using the rig Ensign 931 in conjunction with the development drilling of the Halladale field.</p> <br /> <p><strong>For further information please contact:</strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td> <p><strong>Media</strong><br/> Anneliis Allen<br/> Senior External Affairs Manager<br/> Ph: <span class="phone">+61 2 8345 5119</span><br/> Mobile: <span class="phone">+61 428 967 166</span></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Investors</strong><br/> Chau Le<br/> Group Manager, Investor Relations<br/> Ph: <span class="phone">+61 2 9375 5816</span><br/> Mobile: <span class="phone">+61 467 799 642</span></p> </td> </tr> </table> <div style="font-size: 80%"> <p><strong>About Origin Energy</strong></p> <p>Origin Energy (ASX: ORG) is the leading Australian integrated energy company focused on gas and oil exploration and production, power generation and energy retailing. A member of the S&amp;P/ASX 20 Index, the Company has approximately 6,700 employees and is a leading producer of gas in eastern Australia. Origin is Australia's largest energy retailer servicing 4.3 million electricity, natural gas and LPG customer accounts and has one of the country's largest and most flexible generation portfolios with approximately 6,010 MW of capacity, through either owned generation or contracted rights. Origin's strategic positioning and portfolio of assets provide flexibility, stability and significant opportunities for growth across the energy industry. Through Australia Pacific LNG, its incorporated joint venture with ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, Origin is developing one of Australia's largest CSG to LNG projects based on Australia's largest 2P CSG reserves base.</p> <p>In New Zealand, Origin is the major shareholder in Contact Energy, a leading integrated energy company, operating geothermal, thermal and hydro generation facilities totalling 2,359 MW and servicing approximately 568,000 electricity, gas and LPG customers across both the North and South islands. Origin also operates several oil and gas projects in New Zealand and is one of the largest holders of petroleum exploration acreage in the country.</p> <p>Origin has a strong focus on ensuring the sustainability of its operations, is the largest green energy retailer in Australia and has significant investments in renewable energy technologies.</p> <p>For more information go to <a href="http://www.originenergy.com.au" target="_blank">www.originenergy.com.au</a></p> </div><p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/tracker.php?type=rss&amp;for_news_id=1625" alt="" /></p> Origin and NSW SES join forces to recruit next generation of volunteers http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1623 http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1623 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:22:29 GMT <p>More Australians are set to don the NSW SES's iconic orange overalls as Origin partners with the organisation to 'power up' a new wave of volunteers.</p> <p>Announced to coincide with International Volunteers Day, the partnership will focus on rewarding, recognising and recruiting NSW SES volunteers &ndash; the lifeblood of the organisation.</p> <p>In the past year, NSW SES volunteers contributed over 260,000 hours to help the people of NSW in times of need. This included attending 16,484 storm and flood jobs, responding to 604 road crashes and helping the NSW Rural Fire Service with 851 bushfire support tasks.</p> <p>"At Origin, we recognize what a hugely positive difference the NSW SES makes", said Origin Executive General Manager, Phil Craig.</p> <p>"When disaster strikes, including the disruption of essential services like electricity and gas, the NSW SES volunteers are usually among the first on the ground to lend assistance. Almost half of all homes and businesses in NSW get their energy from Origin, so it's a natural fit that we would support the State Emergency Services."</p> <p>As Community Partner, Origin will help enlist the next generation of volunteers by supporting the NSW SES Cadet Program, which provides secondary school students with the leadership and life skills required to make a difference in the community.</p> <p>The primary goal of the Cadet Program is to educate young Australians about team work, communication and the importance of volunteering with the hope they may graduate to become the future men and women in orange.</p> <p>"This is a welcome partnership between the NSW SES and Origin, which will see the next generation of NSW SES volunteers providing an invaluable service to their communities," said Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Stuart Ayres.</p> <p>"The NSW Government is committed to supporting programs like these which provide opportunities for young people. It is through these initiatives that we may see the leaders of tomorrow come to the fore," Minister Ayres added.</p> <p>"As populations continue to grow, we will see the need for more volunteers so we're very pleased to have Origin help us with recruitment initiatives," said NSW SES Acting Commissioner, Jim Smith. "Our organisation is made up predominantly of volunteers so partnering with Origin in this way will help sustain our volunteer numbers into the future."</p> <p>"We want to help educate secondary school students about the benefits of being part of a community organisation such as the NSW SES from a young age," Mr Smith said.</p> <p>In NSW, the volunteer rate for those aged between 18 and 24 years is only 27 per cent. This is the lowest rate for any age group, except for the 65 and over category, which is 25 per cent.</p> <p>Research shows that younger volunteers are more inclined to dedicate their time to sport and physical recreation and it's not until they're older that they are more likely to become involved in community groups such as the NSW SES.</p> <p>To find out how to become a volunteer with the NSW SES visit <a href="http://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/ " target="_blank" class="link_ext">http://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/files/NSW_SES_volunteers.jpg" alt="NSW SES volunteers" /></p> <p><strong>For further information please contact:</strong></p> <p>Amy Stockfeld<br /> National Campaigns &amp; Partnerships Manager Origin<br /> Phone: 03 9652 5418 / 0429 381 463</p> <p>NSW SES Media: (02) 4225 7500</p> <p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/tracker.php?type=rss&amp;for_news_id=1623" alt="" /></p> Grant King's presentation to the American Chamber of Commerce http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1624 http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1624 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 03:00:52 GMT <p>Download Managing Director Grant King's presentation to the American Chamber of Commerce, "Laggards or Leaders? Global Energy Security, Affordability and Sustainability"&#157; <a href="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/files/Global_Energy_Security_Affordability_Sustainability_Dec_2014.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/tracker.php?type=rss&amp;for_news_id=1624" alt="" /></p> Men choose gifts that won't put them in the dog house this Christmas http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1622 http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/article/rss/all/1622 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:59:39 GMT <p>Origin Energy and Ipsos Research Australia has today launched the latest Origin Energy Essentials Report - the Gadget Gifting Guide. The guide reveals the types of electrical devices Australians would like to see under their trees this Christmas, versus those we might actually receive.</p> <p>"By revealing the devices that are topping wish lists this festive season, the Origin Gadget Gifting Guide could prove helpful to those struggling to decide which gadgets they should be buying for whom," said Anne Armansin, Energy Expert, Origin.</p> <p>The report also unearths insights and trends about the process Australians undergo when researching and shopping for electrical appliances as gifts, including uncovering some significant differences between genders and generations.</p> <p>Key findings include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Men in tune with women's beauty needs</strong>: Almost 1 in 4 women have hair and beauty appliances on their wish lists - the good news is that almost 1 in 4 men plan to buy them</li> <li><strong>Men not far off in the kitchen</strong>: Kitchen appliances are among those most wanted by women this Christmas (24 per cent) but almost as many men are planning to buy them (19 per cent) </li> <li><strong>Some men likely to be disappointed</strong>: More than 1 in 4 men would like games or gaming consoles for Christmas, but some may end up being disappointed as children are expected to be the leading recipients of games and gaming consoles</li> <li><strong>Smartphones and tablets most wanted gadgets</strong>: Almost 1 in 3 people want a personal electronic device, however we're more likely to find gaming consoles under the Christmas tree </li> <li><strong>We're flocking online to research</strong>: More than 4 in 5 Australians plan to research gadget gift ideas online before buying and almost 2 in 3 won't purchase before reading an online review.&#160; 25 to 34 year olds are the age group most likely trust social media reviews over salespeople</li> <li><strong>Disorganised males</strong>: Men are the greatest offenders in leaving shopping for electrical gifts to the last minute and more than 1 in 4 even admit to leaving it until Christmas Eve!</li> <li><strong>Bucking the brand trend</strong>: Despite younger generations being perceived as brand-a-holics, only 3 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 are most concerned with brand when buying gadgets as gifts.</li> </ul> <p>Dr. Rebecca Huntley, Director of Ipsos Research Australia, which partnered with Origin on the report, said men tend to opt for hair and beauty over kitchen appliances for the women in their lives because they are trying to keep out of trouble.</p> <p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/files/Infographic_1_Origin_Gadget_Gifting_Guide_infographic_Orange.jpg" alt="infographic" /></p> <p>"Men may feel that a blender or thermomix is associated with chores and therefore not special or romantic enough, whereas hair and beauty appliances are a more personal gift," she said.</p> <p>It's not just the men who have an agenda when it comes to giving gadgets for Christmas. </p> <p>"The report reveals men want gaming consoles for Christmas, but in our qualitative research I've heard women complain that gaming can distract their husbands from spending time with the family and doing their bit around the house, so women often prefer to give other gifts instead," said Ms Huntley.</p> <p>"The results also show just how crucial research is in the purchase of electrical devices, with more than 80% of people conducting research prior to making a purchase and more than two in three consulting online reviews."</p> <p>Origin's Anne Armansin said that energy is an essential part of our everyday lives, but one that we don't often think about when it comes to giving gadgets at Christmas time, despite the trend towards doing so.</p> <p>"With Australians set to spend big on electrical gifts this Christmas, we want to help people choose devices that will not only be unwrapped with joy, but also the brands and models that are reliable and energy efficient for their lucky loved ones," said Anne.</p> <p>Some simple tips from Anne include allowing time to do your research and getting your shopping done well ahead of the Christmas Eve rush.</p> <p>"Research is critical to making informed decisions about the most suitable brands and models for electronic devices, so it's encouraging to see many Australians are planning to spend time reading reviews, consulting online forums and trawling through their Facebook feeds before opening their wallets this Christmas," she said.</p> <p>A summary of findings from the Origin Energy Essentials Report - the Gadget Gifting Guide can be found in the <a href="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/files/Origin_Gadget_Gifting_Guide_-_fact_sheet.pdf" target="_blank">attached fact sheet</a>, with the full report available for download <a href="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/files/Origin_Gadget_Gifting_Guide.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>The inaugural Origin Energy Essentials Report released in May 2014 is also available for download <a href="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/files/origin-energy-essentials-report-may-2014.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/files/Infographic_2_Origin_Gadget_Gifting_Guide_-_Profiles.jpg" alt="infographic" /></p> <p class="terms"><strong>Note</strong>: This research was completed by Nature Research between 17 October and 26 October 2014 via an online survey and included a sample of 1,011 Australian residents that take part in Christmas celebrations, nationally respresentative in location, age and gender.</p> <p><strong>For further information, please contact Origin External Affairs:</strong></p> <table width="100%" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td>Stuart Osbourne&#160;&#160;&#160;</td> <td> Taegan Munro</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ph: +61 3 9652 5781&#160;&#160;&#160;</td> <td>Ph: +61 3 8665 7318</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Mobile: +61 427 586 401</td> <td>Mobile: + 61 455 097 908</td> </tr> </tbody> </table><p><img src="http://www.originenergy.com.au/news/tracker.php?type=rss&amp;for_news_id=1622" alt="" /></p>