Origin has signed an agreement with GB Energy to purchase all natural gas produced from GB Energy’s Golden Beach field, in the offshore Gippsland Basin. Origin has also entered into a foundation storage contract if GB Energy transitions the reservoir into an underground storage facility after production.
GB Energy has estimated that the field will produce up to 50 petajoules (PJ) over three years and is expected to commence production in 2021 or 2022, with the gas to be supplied at a fixed price to Origin.
“The gas industry is working to meet customer demand by developing new gas resources that build supply capacity into the future,” Origin executive general manager energy supply and operations Greg Jarvis said.
“Origin is focused on strategic opportunities to grow its gas portfolio and on securing enhanced flexibility to direct more gas when needed for use as energy or as feedstock for manufacturing.”
“Underpinning this development has provided an exciting opportunity to provide flexible, cost effective gas supply to support Australian business,” Mr Jarvis said.
GB Energy CEO Tim Baldwin said he was delighted to put in place agreements for the supply of gas and long-term provision of gas storage services from the Golden Beach project.
“These agreements are a critical step in progressing the development of the project that is expected to become a key piece of infrastructure for the east coast gas market,” Mr Baldwin said. “Origin’s ability to tailor the arrangements to underpin the transition to gas storage provides a key pillar in the successful development of this important project.”
Origin Energy (ASX: ORG) is the leading Australian integrated energy company. Origin is the leading energy retailer with approximately 4.1 million customer accounts, has approximately 6,000 MW of power generation capacity and is also a large natural gas supplier. Origin is the upstream operator of Australia Pacific LNG, which supplies natural gas to domestic markets and exports LNG under long term contracts. www.originenergy.com.au
GB Energy is a private Australian energy company focused on the development of the Golden Beach Gas Field. This development will initially provide gas to the domestic market and importantly support ongoing market efficiency by transitioning to gas storage within the first few years of operation. Increasing gas storage will help meet Victoria’s gas needs in times of high demand and provide market security in case other gas supply sources experience problems. www.gbenergy.com.au
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