Origin Enrg Fin Ltd 46RZ 2012 annual reserves & quarterly production report

  Origin Enrg Fin Ltd (46RZ) - 2012 annual reserves & quarterly production
  report

RNS Number : 8783I
Origin Energy Finance Limited
31 July 2012




ASX/Media Release



31 July 2012



Origin releases 2012 annual reserves update and Quarterly Production Report

Origin Energy Limited (Origin) today released its 2012 Annual Reserves Report
and the Quarterly Production Report for its Exploration and Production
business for the period ended 30 June 2012.

At 30 June 2012, Origin's Proved plus Probable (2P) reserves totalled 6,807
petajoules equivalent (PJe). This is a reduction of 234 PJe on the prior year,
and includes the dilution of Origin's share in Australia Pacific LNG from 50
per cent to 42.5 per cent during the period. If this dilution is excluded, 2P
reserves increased nine per cent or 648 PJe compared with the prior year.

Australia Pacific LNG's 2P reserves increased by 11 per cent or 1,336 PJe to
13,111 PJe net of production. Additionally, Origin's share of 2P reserves
increased by 61 PJe at Ironbark (ATP788P), 57 PJe in the Cooper Basin and by
14 PJe in offshore Taranaki (Kupe).

For the 12 months to 30 June 2012, Origin recorded production of 130 PJe,
representing a four per cent reduction on the prior year. The dilution of
Origin's shareholding in Australia Pacific LNG from 50 per cent to 42.5 per
cent and deferred production from BassGas as a result of its Mid Life
Enhancement Project were the primary factors impacting production.

Despite marginally lower production and sales volumes, higher commodity prices
resulted in a three per cent increase in sales revenues for the year ending 30
June 2012 to $856 million compared with $835 million in the prior year. Annual
sales volumes reduced by seven per cent to 140 PJe, consistent with lower
production levels.

Origin Chief Executive Officer Upstream, Mr Paul Zealand said, "On the back of
record production and sales revenues last year, the Exploration and Production
business has delivered another solid result in 2012.

"We continued to invest in proving up our resource base, which delivered a
nine per cent annual increase in Origin's 2P reserves before adjusting for
Origin's dilution in Australia Pacific LNG.

"While overall production for the year reduced by four per cent reflecting
Origin's reduced shareholding in Australia Pacific LNG, along with the
shutdown at BassGas for the Mid Life Enhancement Project, production from the
rest of Origin's producing assets increased year on year.

"Higher commodity prices also pushed sales revenues higher to $856 million.

"In particular, Australia Pacific LNG delivered a strong increase in annual
production, which was up 11 per cent to 108 PJe, though Origin's share of
production declined in line with its reduced shareholding," Mr Zealand said.

On 4 July 2012, Australia Pacific LNG reached another major milestone, taking
a final investment decision on the second train of its CSG to LNG project.
Sinopec also completed its subscription for an additional 10 percent interest
in Australia Pacific LNG, taking its share to 25 per cent, and reducing Origin
and ConocoPhillips' share to 37.5 per cent each.

"Performance for the June Quarter was strong, with production of 33 PJe
representing an increase of seven per cent on the March Quarter 2012 and
revenues of $223 million representing a 10 per cent increase," Mr Zealand
said.



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





For further information please contact:



Media                                   Investors

                                       

Anneliis Allen                          Kylie Springall

Senior Manager, Corporate Communication Group Manager, Investor Relations

Ph: +61 2 8345 5119                     Ph: +61 2 8345 5288

Mobile: +61 428 967 166                 Mobile: +61 400 477 393

                                        

                                        

About Origin Energy

Origin Energy (ASX: ORG) is the leading Australian integrated energy company
focused on gas and oil exploration and production, power generation and energy
retailing. A member of the S&P/ASX 20 index, the company has around 5,600
employees and is a leading producer of gas in eastern Australia. Origin is
Australia's largest energy retailer servicing 4.4 million electricity, natural
gas and LPG customer accounts and has one of the country's largest and most
flexible generation portfolios with more than 5,310 MW of capacity, through
either owned generation or contracted rights. Origin's strategic positioning
and portfolio of assets provide flexibility, stability and significant
opportunities for growth across the energy industry. Through Australia Pacific
LNG, its incorporated joint venture with ConocoPhillips and Sinopec, Origin is
developing one of Australia's largest CSG to LNG projects based on Australia's
largest 2P CSG reserves base.



In New Zealand, Origin is the major shareholder in Contact Energy, the
country's leading integrated energy company, operating geothermal, thermal and
hydro generation facilities and servicing electricity, gas and LPG customers
across both the North and South islands. Origin also operates several oil and
gas projects in New Zealand and is one of the largest holders of petroleum
exploration acreage in the country.



Origin has a strong focus on ensuring the sustainability of its operations, is
the largest green energy retailer in Australia and has significant investments
in renewable energy technologies.



For more information go to www.originenergy.com.au .



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