Origin Energy Limited (Origin) today released its Quarterly Production Report for the Quarter ending 31 December 2009 which covers its activities in the areas of gas and oil exploration and production.

(19 pages)

Origin’s Executive Director, Finance and Strategy, Ms Karen Moses, said “The Exploration and Production business has delivered production in line with seasonal and operational expectations together with substantial progress across new developments such as Kupe and Talinga, drilling success in the Bass and Perth basins, agreement to acquire additional interests in the Otway Basin, and the acquisition of new opportunities in south east Asia.”

The Exploration and Production business reported a 2 per cent increase in production and a 16 per cent increase in sales revenue for the quarter to December 2009 compared with the previous corresponding period in December 2008. The increases were primarily due to gas sales from storage, increased production from New Zealand assets, and higher liquids prices.

Production and sales revenue for the Half Year to December 2009 were 14 per cent and 9 per cent respectively lower than in the Half Year to December 2008. While partially offset by the sale of gas in storage, this was primarily attributed to the dilution of Origin’s share of CSG together with lower contractual off-takes during the period and natural field decline.

The Australia Pacific LNG transaction has seen Origin dilute its interest in its CSG assets by 50 per cent which has also been reflected in a lower share of production from CSG when quarterly and half year comparisons are made with the corresponding periods last year.

Ms Moses said, “Production from the areas now held through Australia Pacific LNG joint venture grew by 24 per cent when compared with the prior Half Year.

“Further developments regarding the Australia Pacific LNG project included the awarding of three significant contracts for drilling and design, engineering, procurement and construction activities, as well as lodgement of the Project’s Environmental Impact Statement.

“On the exploration front, Origin has conducted a successful offshore drilling campaign in the Bass Basin with the Trefoil 2 appraisal well successfully delineating the southern end of the field and the Rockhopper 1 exploration well discovering a new oil and gas field. In addition the Redback South 1 well in the Perth Basin achieved high flow rates indicating excellent reservoir quality. Results will be evaluated to determine the commercial potential of these fields,” said Ms Moses.

During the Quarter Origin reached an agreement with Woodside Energy to acquire an additional 36.48 per cent interest in the Otway Gas Project and entered into a farmin agreement with Salamander Energy plc to earn interests in exploration blocks located in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.

Origin will release its interim financial results covering its entire business activities for the Half Year ended 31 December 2009 on 25 February 2010.

(19 pages)

The report does not cover other areas of the integrated energy businesses undertaken by Origin, including electricity generation, energy retailing or its subsidiary Contact Energy of New Zealand.


Lina Melero
General Manager Corporate Communication
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Angus Guthrie
Group Manager Investor Relations
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