Our proud history

We're a leading Australian integrated energy company, with 4.2 million electricity, gas and LPG customer accounts. Through our joint venture Australia Pacific LNG, we supply 30 per cent of east coast demand and export LNG to customers in Asia.

Here’s a snapshot of some key moments that mark major achievements in our growth since our formation in 2000.


2020

Acquired 20% interest in UK company Octopus Energy, and an Australian licence for the Kraken customer platform.

APLNG exported its 500th cargo.

More than $27m distributed by Origin Energy Foundation since inception.

 

2019

Launched our Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan, continuing our commitment to advance Australia’s reconciliation efforts.

 

2018

Launched new Origin Values, guiding the way our people work.

 

2017

Committed to halve our emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 2032.

Booked Australia’s first significant shale gas resource in the Beetaloo Basin.

Introduced a new company purpose: Getting energy right for our customers, community and planet.

Launched our Origin mobile app, helping electricity and natural gas customers control their energy use and costs.

 

2016

The $24.7 billion Australia Pacific LNG project commenced production in late 2015, with the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipped on Saturday, 9 January 2016. 

Origin’s first CEO and Managing Director, Grant King, retires. Frank Calabria appointed CEO.

2015

Divested our 53.09 per cent shareholding of Contact Energy Ltd in New Zealand. We will continue to operate oil and gas projects and hold petroleum exploration interests in the nation.

Joined the We Mean Business global climate action coalition – the first company in Australia and first energy company in the world to commit to seven targets to drive emissions reduction across our business.

Launched our Reconciliation Action Plan, as a demonstration of our commitment to Indigenous Australians.

2014

Completed construction of the Australia Pacific LNG Project main gas transmission pipeline, linking the gas fields in Queensland with the LNG facility on Curtis Island.

Listened to our customers and to better meet their needs, we remove exit fees from residential electricity and natural gas plans, extend our call centre hours and introduce more flexible payment options.

Launched littleBIGidea to encourage young inventors to share their ideas to solve real-world problems.

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2013

Acquired Eraring Energy, Australia’s largest power station and our cogeneration business delivers low-carbon energy to Victorian customers.

2012

Our renewable energy interests grow as we progress a potential major hydroelectric development in Chile. We also secured our largest ever wind power purchase agreement underpinning the development of Trustpower’s Snowtown II Wind Farm in South Australia.

Launched the first web-enabled mass-market solution for Australian customers to provide near real-time access to energy use and costs.

2011

Became Australia’s largest energy company, acquiring 1.6 million new customer accounts from Country Energy and Integral Energy in NSW. 

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2010

Marked our 10th anniversary by giving back, investing $50 million to establish the Origin Energy Foundation.

Our Kupe gas project and Darling Downs power station commence operations and we’re given approval for 157 turbines at the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm.

2009

Operations commence at our first owned wind farm at Cullerin Range.

2008

Our portfolio of natural gas-fired generators grew as we acquired Uranquinty Power Station and approved construction of Mortlake Power Station.

Commercialised our coal seam gas (CSG) assets through a multibillion dollar joint venture named Australia Pacific LNG.

2007

Became Australia’s leading retailer of green energy with around 500,000 green energy customer accounts and we say hello to around 800,000 new Queensland customers when we acquire Sun Retail.

Our carbon reduction scheme launches, helping businesses reduce their impact on the environment. 

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2006

Commissioned the BassGas Project, which is capable of meeting almost 10 per cent of Victoria's gas needs.

2005

Production commences at our Spring Gully CSG processing facilities in Queensland.

2004

Our geographic footprint extends to New Zealand, with 50% interest in the Kupe Gas Field and 51.2% interest in Contact Energy.

Construction and commissioning of the SEA Gas Pipeline is completed, linking Victorian and South Australian gas markets.

2002

CSG becomes a big focus, as we invest in the Fairview and Durham CSG fields in Queensland.

2000

In February 2000, Boral shareholders approved the demerger of the energy business from the building and construction materials business. The demerged energy business became a new company known as Origin Energy.