A rigorous process 

We are committed to operating responsibly and safely at all times and we use international best practice to meet the highest standards. The viability of a gas resource is about more than just the volume and quality of the resource — a major factor is whether we can extract the gas safely and to ensure we have the continued support of the Traditional Owners where we are exploring. 

When we are drilling, we have strict conditions and controls we must meet and we have additional safeguards in place to best protect the area’s land and water. We don't frack until these controls and safeguards in place.

Independent scientific inquiry

Origin has resumed exploration following the very thorough and detailed 15-month independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory that found the risks identified with fracking could be mitigated or reduced to an acceptable level, and in some cases eliminated.

We share the inquiry’s finding that with the right regulations and controls in place, the environment and groundwater will be protected, and the gas industry as well as the pastoral and tourism industries, can contribute significantly to the Northern Territory’s future prosperity.

The Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the NT

Code of practice

An important part of implementing the recommendations made by the Inquiry is the Code of Practice: Onshore Petroleum Activities in the Northern Territory. The Code of Practice addresses the recommendations of the inquiry and are some of the most comprehensive and rigorous regulations in the world. They set enforceable standards for a range of activities including well operations, surface activities, and water management.

NT Code of Practice - Onshore Petroleum Activities in the NT

Environmental management plans and approvals

Environmental management plans are a detailed description of how Origin will manage any environmental impacts and risks associated with its site preparation, drilling and fracking activities. This includes how we comply with our regulatory obligations under the Code of Practice and related legislation. These plans are submitted for review and approval by the Regulator, which includes a 28-day public comment period. These plans and approvals are published by the Regulator, along with the reasons supporting the decision made.

About NT onshore environmental management plans

NT approved onshore environmental management plans

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A stronger economy

Our exploration work at Beetaloo is contributing to a stronger economy in Australia’s north. Tens of millions of dollars have been awarded in local contracts and about 50 Territorians are currently working on the Beetaloo project.

We are investing in skills training and mentoring, and have provided jobs for suppliers and contractors across the Northern Territory. 

If the Beetaloo project eventually moves to production, it will deliver long-term economic, social and environmental benefits for the Northern Territory, Australia and the region. 

There’s potential to deliver around 900 ongoing operational jobs and we will aim to have at least 60% of these based in the Northern Territory.

The Territory governments will benefit from production, which is money reinvested in community services and infrastructure.

Moving to production would also contribute to energy security and lower energy costs to Australians and will help Australia and the region to support a lower carbon future.

AEMO Gas Statement of Opportunities Graph

From 2024 new resources are needed to meet demand. If viable, our project could contribute to meeting this demand. 

Source: AEMO Gas Statement of Opportunities - March 2019.

Right energy mix

We believe in the right energy mix to provide reliable and affordable energy for all Australians. 

When it is used to replace coal in electricity generation, gas plays a key role in reducing emissions globally. It has half the emissions of coal and is more flexible and able to support sudden changes in wind and solar power.

By 2020 we expect to have 25% of our generation coming from solar and wind and this will only continue to grow over time. We believe the electricity sector can achieve net zero emissions by 2050 or earlier. 

As a first step towards that, we were the first Australian company to set an emissions reduction target endorsed by the global Science Based Targets Initiative. 

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