|Traded as||ASX: AGK
S&P/ASX 200 Component
|Headquarters||North Sydney, Sydney, Australia|
|Key people||Michael Fraser (CEO)|
|Services||Electricity generation, distribution, and retailing,
Natural gas generation, distribution and retailing
AGL Energy is the largest Australian gas and electricity retailer, with over four and a half million customers. It has large investments in the supply of gas and electricity, and has invested in sustainable energy businesses such as wind farms and a hydroelectric power station in Victoria’s High Country.
AGL has become one of the largest providers of electricity in Australia and is one of the largest employers nationally. AGL seeks to take cornerstone positions in four areas – upstream electricity and gas supply, particularly coal seam gas in NSW and the downstream retail of electricity and gas.
AGL’s 1,700 megawatts (2,300,000 hp) electricity generation portfolio includes:
- AGL Hydro’s 11 generating schemes
- Wattle Point Wind Farm
- Small-scale biomass, landfill and cogeneration projects
|Loy Yang A (100% ownership)||2,120 megawatts (2,840,000 hp)|
|Somerton||150 megawatts (200,000 hp)|
|Pinjarra 1 & 2 (33% equity)||280 megawatts (380,000 hp)|
|Victoria Hydro||592 megawatts (794,000 hp)|
|NSW Hydro||52.5 megawatts (70,400 hp)|
|Torrens Island Power Station||1,280 megawatts (1,720,000 hp)|
In progress/renewable energy projects
- Bogong hydro peaking station (Vic)
- Hallett Wind Farm (SA)
- Hallett Hill Wind Farm (SA)
- Macarthur Wind Farm (Vic)
- Base-load power station in Townsville (QLD)
- Leafs Gully Power Station (NSW)
- Silverton Wind Farm
AGL’s wholesale gas portfolio includes more than 4,000 petajoules (1.1×1012 kWh) of equity and contracted gas reserves, with long-term contracts sourced from the Cooper, Surat and Gippsland basins. Other investments include a 50 per cent stake in Moranbah Gas Project, one of Australia’s largest coal-seam methane projects. Moranbah’s output represents about 12 per cent of the Queensland gas market. A 27.5 per cent stake in the Queensland Gas Company.
AGL is currently seeking to develop a coal seam gas field in Gloucester NSW. 110 CSG wells have already been approved with concept approval for 220 more. This project has met with local community opposition including a blockade of their exploration activities in December 2011.
|Source||Amount of gas|
|Cooper Basin||605 petajoules (1.68×1011 kWh)|
|Surat Basin||1,222 petajoules (3.39×1011 kWh)|
|Gippsland Basin||1,250 petajoules (3.5×1011 kWh)|
|Sydney CSM (50% equity)||145 petajoules (4.0×1010 kWh)|
|Moranbah (50% equity)||16 petajoules (4.4×109 kWh)|
- 1 million gigajoules (GJ) = 1 petajoule (PJ).
- An all-gas household, with gas used for cooking, heating and hot water, will use about 30 gigajoules (8,300 kWh) of gas a year.
Downstream electricity retail
1.6 million electricity customers – more than 25 per cent of South Eastern Australia’s residential and small commercial energy users.
Downstream gas retail
2.1 million gas customers
AGL has a diversified range of investments in generation, transmission, distribution, retail and energy related businesses:
- ActewAGL (50%), H C Extractions (HCE) (100%), and the owner of Loy Yang Power, GEAC (32.5%).
AGL Energy (AGL) has entered into conditional arrangements for the construction of Macarthur wind farm in south-west Victoria.
In 2011 AGL paid $15M for Rezeko, a small Australian solar retailer in a bid to bump up its presence in that lucrative market. The investment is yet to pay any material dividends and is yet to compete with Origin's retail solar business.
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- "AGL presentation - Operational and Strategic Update". June 2007.
- "AGL under the weather". Climate Speculator. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
- "AGL website". Archived from the original on 25 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-31.
- Energy giant backs 20% renewables The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 August 2007.