Who is Origin?
We’re the largest integrated energy company in Australia and New Zealand and one of the country’s biggest energy retailers.
As Australia’s leading producer of Coal Seam Gas (CSG), our exploration and production operations in Queensland’s Bowen and Surat Basins are expected to provide a major supply of natural gas to Australia’s eastern states for many years to come.
Who is Australia Pacific LNG?
Australia Pacific LNG Pty Limited is a Brisbane based gas production company that’s owned 37.5% by Origin, 37.5% by ConocoPhillips and 25% by Sinopec. The company is helping develop export markets for CSG through construction of a world-class Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) plant in Queensland. Australia Pacific LNG has the largest and most developed CSG reserves in Australia located in Queensland’s Surat and Bowen Basins. These fields are currently supplying gas to a number of power stations, including Origin’s Roma Power Station and the Darling Downs Power Station near Dalby.
Who is ConocoPhillips?
ConocoPhillips is the third largest integrated energy company in the United States, with assets and operations in more than 30 countries. Headquartered in Houston, ConocoPhillips is the owner and pioneer of the Cascade Technology which converts CSG to LNG, and has more than 25 years of CSG production experience and 40 years’ experience in the LNG industry.
Who is Sinopec?
China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group) is an energy and chemical company with an integrated business value chain. The company’s major business activities include: exploration, production, storage, transportation and trade of oil and natural gas, oil refining, production, transportation, trade, distribution and sales of refined products as well as production, distribution and trade of petrochemical products. Sinopec Group ranked 5th in the Fortune Global 500 published in 2011. Sinopec joined the project in April 2011 as both the foundation customer and part-equity owner. Visit the Sinopec website for more information.
What is CSG?
Coal Seam Gas (CSG) is a natural gas that’s trapped in the fractures or ‘cleats’ of underground coal seams by water and ground pressure. It can be used in the same way as traditional natural gas for cooking, heating, and other industrial applications, but it has another very exciting application too – electricity generation.
The good news about CSG is that it’s in plentiful supply, it’s cleaner than traditional fossil fuels and it requires relatively little treatment before use. Best of all, power stations fired by CSG emit around half the greenhouse gases of coal-fired electricity, and use only a fraction of the water. (Source: Australian Government Dept of Climate Change – National Greenhouse Accounts (NGAs) Factors – June 2009.)
Origin is leading the way in building these more efficient power stations by investing $780 million in the Darling Downs Power Station located at Braemer, near Dalby. It will generate enough energy to power 400,000 Queensland homes, and, as mentioned above, will only use a fraction of the water and emit lower carbon emissions than traditional coal-fired power stations.
For more information about Coal Seam Gas Exploration & Production activities – refer to our CSG Exploration & Production Factsheet.