Origin Energy and ENGIE Australia have renewed the agreement for 240MW of capacity at Pelican Point Power Station for another four years, expected to start from 1 July 2020.

“Pelican Point is one of the most efficient gas plants in the National Electricity Market and has made a major contribution to energy security in South Australia over the past two years, helping to keep the lights on and keeping downwards pressure on prices,” Greg Jarvis, Origin’s Executive General Manager Energy Supply and Operations, said.

“With a lot of solar and wind coming online over the next few years, Pelican Point will play a key role in firming the rapid growth of renewables, particularly during the evening peaks when the most stress is placed on the system.

“Our current agreement with ENGIE brought this unit at Pelican Point back online when it was urgently needed to stabilise the South Australian market and in that time, that unit alone has met about 10 per cent of the state’s demand.

“The energy industry is getting on with the job and working together to ensure that there is enough supply for customers.”

In 2017, Origin and ENGIE announced a three-year agreement for Origin to supply gas to ENGIE’s second Pelican Point unit and access 240MW of electricity production.

The new arrangement is anticipated to commence when the current agreement expires on 1 July 2020 and continue through to 30 June 2024.

Under the terms of the renewed agreements, Origin will continue to pay charges and supply gas to ENGIE Australia in order to support electricity generation at Pelican Point, for the benefit of customers in South Australia.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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