Our proud history

We're the leading Australian integrated energy company supplying electricity to 4.2 million customers and developing and producing natural gas - a cleaner form of energy for customers in Australia and beyond. Origin also aspires to be the number one renewables company in Australia, by empowering our customers to reduce their carbon footprint through wind, solar and storage technology.

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


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. 


We 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.


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

We 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.

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


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

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


We’re proud to become Australia’s largest energy company, acquiring 1.6 million new customer accounts from Country Energy and Integral Energy in NSW. 

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We mark 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.


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


Our portfolio of natural gas-fired generators grows as we acquire Uranquinty Power Station and approve construction of Mortlake Power Station.

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


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


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


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.


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


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.