Origin has signed an agreement to buy 41 petajoules of gas from Australia Pacific LNG to help meet domestic demand.
The agreement is for a period of 14 months starting in November 2017. The gas will add to Origin’s east coast portfolio, which is one of the major gas suppliers to Australian households, large gas users and peaking power plants.
Origin Executive General Manager Energy Supply and Operations, Greg Jarvis said, “Today’s agreement to buy a substantial volume of gas follows Origin’s recent commitment to bring on more supply to help meet the needs of the domestic market.
“Our east coast portfolio needed more gas to allow Origin to meet demand from large customers who rely on gas for their businesses, and also to fuel peaking power stations which are crucial to security of electricity supply – particularly as we head into the summer period.
“East coast LNG producers including Australia Pacific LNG have committed to divert more gas to the domestic market to avoid any potential gas shortfall, and this agreement shows Origin’s determination to be part of the solution to get more gas to Australian customers.
“We have also consistently stated that increasing gas supply to the domestic market is a critical action to help bring down gas prices for customers.
“We will continue to look for additional ways to improve security of gas for customers that rely on it up and down the east coast of Australia,” Mr Jarvis said.
Origin is a major supplier of gas to the domestic market and signed more than 760 agreements with large customers last year. Earlier this year, Origin also announced it would supply gas to South Australia’s Pelican Point power station to bring another 240 MW of generation capacity back into service.
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