May 12 - Commencement of Operations at Geographe Gas Field

Source Press Release
Company Origin Energy LimitedBenaris International Pty LtdToyota Tsusho Corporation 
Tags Production/Development, Exploration, Upstream Activities
Date May 29, 2012

Origin Energy Limited (Origin), on behalf of the VIC/L23 Joint Venture, announces that drilling of the Geographe 2 development well in Victoria's Otway Basin commenced at 00.30hrs on Tuesday 29 May 2012.

Geographe 2 is one of two wells being drilled by Origin on behalf of the joint venture as part of the Geographe gas field development. The wells will be completed and connected to the existing Thylacine offshore platform via a subsea production system. Once operational, the field will be remotely controlled from shore.

Origin Chief Executive Officer, Upstream, Paul Zealand said, "Joint venture approval for the development of the Geographe field was obtained in October 2011 and the commencement of drilling represents the next important milestone in the development of this new production field for the Otway Gas Project."

VIC/L23 Participating Interests: Origin Energy Resources Ltd * - Operator (67.23%), Benaris International Pty Ltd (27.77%) and Toyota Tsusho Gas E&P Otway Limited (5.0%)

* a wholly owned subsidiary of Origin Energy Limited

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