Origin Energy awarded NZ exploration permits

Origin Energy Resources NZ Ltd. has been successful in its application for two petroleum exploration permits in the offshore Northland basin, New Zealand.

Offshore staff

(Asia-Pacific) - Origin Energy Resources NZ Ltd. has been successful in its application for two petroleum exploration permits in the offshore Northland basin, New Zealand.

Origin will hold 50% equity and be operator for permits PEP 38618 and PEP 38619, with OMV New Zealand holding the remaining 50% equity.

Planning is underway for the acquisition of 2D and 3D seismic surveys over existing leads identified in these permits.

02/04/06

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