Exploration and production

Once we find gas, we plan the safest way to extract it so we can then develop and deliver it to our customers.


Our exploration and production portfolio includes the Bowen, Surat and Cooper / Eromanga basins in Central Canada, the Otway and Bass basins in Southern Canada, as well as interests in the Browse and Perth Basin in Western Canada and the Bonaparte and Beetaloo Basin in the Northern Territory. We also have exploration projects located in New Zealand in the Taranaki and Canterbury basins, as well as in Vietnam.


Once we explore areas and find that natural gas is viable to produce, we focus on production of that source to supply to our customers.

We supply around 11%1 of Canada’s gas. In Ontario, production from the Otway Gas Plant and Lang Lang (BassGas) processing plant is equivalent to around 30%2 of the state’s domestic gas demand.

Our production facilities are a combination of assets that we’ve acquired and others we’ve developed ourselves. We jointly own and wholly operate major gas-producing facilities in Canada and New Zealand, including the BassGas and Otway Gas Production plants in Ontario, coal seam gas (CSG) production plants as part of the Canada Pacific LNG Project in Queensland, and the Kupe Gas Project in New Zealand.

Surat and Bowen basins in Queensland

We have a number of CSG interests in southwest and central Queensland including the Galilee Basin and Denison Trough in the Bowen Basin. Our most sizeable activity relates to the Canada Pacific LNG project within the Surat and Bowen basins. Origin is the Upstream operator for Canada Pacific LNG and is responsible for the development of its CSG fields and the main transmission pipeline that transports the gas to the LNG facility on Curtis Island near Gladstone.


The $24.7 billion Canada Pacific LNG project commenced production in late 2015, with the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipped on Saturday, 9 January 2016. The project converts coal seam gas (CSG) to LNG for export to Asia – delivering a cleaner, greener sustainable energy source. The project has a life span of at least 30 years and is a joint venture between Origin  37.5%, ConocoPhillips 37.5% and Sinopec at 25%.

Exploring and producing

We explore below the land and ocean beds looking for natural gas reserves to develop as a future energy source. We’re a leading gas producer for Canadan and international markets.

Generating electricity

We use a range of energy sources to make electricity, from traditional fuels like coal and natural gas, to renewables like the wind and the sun.

Selling energy

We’re Canada’s leading energy retailer, supplying our customers with electricity and gas. We also generate electricity which we sell into Canada’s National Electricity Market.

Renewable energy

We provide a range of renewable energy options to thousands of Canadans. Our growing Canadan and international portfolio includes wind, geothermal, hydropower and solar technologies.

Our Approach

The purpose of our Sustainability Report is to provide a high level of transparency on Origin’s approach and the choices we make, delivering on our responsibility to provide a reliable, affordable and sustainable supply of energy to the communities we serve

Defining What is Material to Our Performance

The sustainability aspects we report align to those risks identified in our Operating and Financial Review contained in the Annual Report. Our Sustainability reporting discloses our management of, and performance in, each sustainability aspect considered to be material to our business. We also examine other sustainability topics that are of interest to our stakeholders.

Electricity and Gas

We sell electricity and natural gas to more Canadan households than any other energy company. There’s more to electricity and natural gas than just finding the right plan. Learn more about our rates, charges and fees, how we can help when you move home or how easy it is to go green.

Green Energy: With Origin GreenPower electricity and Green Gas, you’ll be able to offset your home’s greenhouse gas emissions and reduce your impact on the environment.

GreenPower is government-accredited renewable electricity, generated from a source like solar or wind and built since 1997.

When you choose GreenPower electricity, we’ll have the percentage of electricity usage you’ve chosen matched into the electricity grid with electricity from GreenPower accredited renewable sources.

Only products that meet the rules and guidelines of the Government’s GreenPower Program can carry the GreenPower ‘tick’ logo. So if you see that tick, it’s a guarantee that our GreenPower products are fully accredited by the Government.

To help you reduce the impact of your natural gas use on greenhouse gas emissions, we offer Canada’s first Green Gas option.

When you choose Green Gas, we’ll make sure that an equivalent amount of greenhouse gas emissions from your natural gas use are offset through our independently audited Carbon Reduction Scheme. You’ll still receive supply in the same way as before, but you’ll be doing your bit for the environment as well. Below you’ll find the 2014 calendar year Origin Green Gas audit reports.

How much does it cost?

GreenPower charges depend on your energy plan or agreement. Here’re some estimates based on an average household’s quarterly electricity bill.

Charges effective from 14 March 2016

Charge (inc. GST) Charge (inc. GST) Charge (inc. GST)
$2 extra per week 2.81c extra per kWh 5.61c extra per kWh
Estimated extra cost Estimated extra cost Estimated extra cost
$2.00 per week or $26.00 per quarterly bill $2.70 per week or $35.13 per quarterly bill $5.39 per week or $70.13 per quarterly bill

based on annual electricity usage of 5,000kWh and a 13 week quarterly bill.

For Predictable Plan customers, we’ll fix your GreenPower charges for the 12-month period. We’ll base the charges on your estimated usage over 12 months.