Origin Energy has announced it has entered into an agreement with Jemena for the sale of Darling Downs Pipeline Network in Queensland for $392 million.

Darling Downs Pipeline Network is responsible for the transportation of gas to Origin’s Darling Downs Power Station, Australia Pacific LNG and the domestic market.

Under the terms of the sale agreement, Origin has secured gas transportation services on the pipeline network for periods ranging from 10 to around 30 years.

The transaction lifts sales from Origin’s asset divestment program announced in September 2015 to $1 billion, considerably higher than the original $800 million target.

Origin CEO, Frank Calabria, said, “The sale of Darling Downs Pipeline Network, which represents a 16.9x FY2018 EBITDA multiple* to Origin, is scheduled to be completed by 30 June 2017. The sale culminates our announced asset divestment program, the net proceeds of which will be used to reduce debt.

“We’re on track to achieve our target of adjusted net debt of well below $9 billion by 30 June 2017. In addition, we continue to make good progress on the divestment of Origin’s conventional upstream business, Lattice Energy, during calendar 2017.”

Assets sold as part of Origin’s announced divestment program included Mortlake Terminal Station, Mortlake Gas Pipeline, Cullerin Range Wind Farm, Stockyard Hill Wind Farm project and Origin’s 50 per cent interest in OTP Geothermal.

*Multiple based on the incremental earnings impact to Origin of all firm contracted transport services net of saved operating expenditure.

Laura Harvey is a fifteen-year veteran of trade publishing in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Currently she’s the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Energy. During her time in the publishing sector, Laura has seen significant changes to the way the sector operates. What has remained constant throughout her career, whether she’s working on a magazine, a blog post, a video or an event, is her focus on connecting audiences with quality, engaging and thought-provoking content.

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