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AGL chairman Michael Fraser (l) and CEO Adam Watson at the AGM in Sydney on Thursday.

APA suffers protest vote on pay as chairman warns on climate targets

Michael Fraser said energy policies need to be “realistic” to avoid losing public support for the transition as prices rise and the lights go out.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Origin Energy’s Frank Calabria has overseen the group’s return to more normal levels of profitability, fuelling calls for Brookfield and EIG Partners to pay more.

Inside Origin’s $18.7b game of M&A bluff

Origin Energy’s takeover is unlike any major deal we’ve seen in the past decade. The ball is firmly in Brookfield and EIG’s court.

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  • Anthony Macdonald


Glencore is closing its copper mines but will keep its copper smelter in Mount Isa open.

Qld backs $5b transmission project despite mine closures

Government says there is still a strong need for the 1100 kilometre transmission line from Townsville to Mount Isa despite Glencore closing its copper mines in 2025.

  • Mark Ludlow

This Month

Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher has been meeting with investors.

Big oil’s $179b deal spree adds to push for action at Santos

Exxon and Chevron’s mega-mergers are a sign big energy companies are moving to cash in on the sector’s ‘golden sunset’. Can Santos do the same?

  • James Thomson
Crude’s drop followed a plunge in gasoline futures.

Viva underperforms on Geelong refinery troubles

Repairs were expected to be completed by the end of September, but Viva is not finding it that simple to return to full-tilt production.

  • Elouise Fowler
Households won’t get any relief from high power bills until next year.

No escape from hot weather or high power prices this summer

A big fall in wholesale power prices this year won’t be reflected on household power bills until July, if the grid survives a predicted long, hot summer.

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  • Mark Ludlow
One in five homes in Australia has rooftop solar panels installed.

Solar boom unleashes surge of below-zero power prices

Wholesale electricity prices are going negative more often, underscoring the financial pressures on ageing coal-fired power plants.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
The new SA Government-owned hydrogen plant and storage facility to be built in a $593m project by ATCO and BOC Linde is located just 6km from Sanjeev Gupta’s Whyalla steelworks. (pictured)

ATCO and BOC Linde win $593m SA hydrogen job, Forrest misses out

Fortescue Future Industries will not be part of the construction of the world’s largest hydrogen plant near Whyalla.

  • Simon Evans
The Dubbo region has abundant solar power capacity.

NSW pumps $128m into community benefits for first green energy zone

Funds will flow early to projects in communities impacted by new transmission and renewable energy projects, in a bid to improve local support.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Origin CEO Frank Calabria at the AGM in Sydney on Wednesday.

‘No choice’: Origin deal faces mounting opposition

With Origin shares trading well above the offer price from the Brookfield consortium, it is in no one’s interest to support the deal, VanEck says.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Origin chairman Scott Perkins addresses the annual shareholder meeting in Sydney on Wednesday.

Origin valuation stirs investors’ quest for higher offer

An independent expert’s valuation has given investors more leverage to argue for a higher price, despite the deal being deemed “fair and reasonable”.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Santos’ Barossa project is opposed by some Tiwi Islanders.

Santos courts controversy on Barossa gas

The gas producer drew criticism from an activist shareholder group by refusing to concede its $5.8 billion project is running late.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Origin CEO Frank Calabria and chairman Scott Perkins  have given investors something extra to think about as they consider Brookfield’s takeover offer.

The pressure on Brookfield to lift Origin bid just went up

A valuation metric in the independent expert’s report into the $18.7 billion Origin takeover looks set to put more pressure on Brookfield to lift its offer. 

  • James Thomson
The takeover deal has been  accepted by Origin’s board and will now go before shareholders.

Why Origin takeover is not a done deal

Arguments over the proposed takeover of Origin Energy demonstrate the confusion about energy transition. What is clear is that the business is performing well.

  • Jennifer Hewett
Origin chairman Scott Perkins addresses the annual shareholder meeting in Sydney on Wednesday.

Cranky Origin shareholders grill chairman on bid price

Dissatisfaction with the $18.7 billion takeover offer price has spilt over to small shareholders, who grilled chairman Scott Perkins at the AGM in Sydney.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Glencore is closing its copper mines but will keep its copper smelter in Mount Isa open.

Palaszczuk throws $50m lifeline to sacked Glencore workers

The Queensland government has called on the miner to match funding to help the 1200 workers affected by the closure of its copper operations in Mount Isa.

  • Mark Ludlow
Glencore is closing its copper mines but will keep its copper smelter in Mt Isa open.

Glencore to shed 1200 jobs and shut Mount Isa copper mines by 2025

Swiss mining giant Glencore is set to announce it will close its three underground copper mines in Mount Isa by the second half of 2025.

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  • Mark Ludlow
Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill is facing hurdles on both gas and hydrogen projects.

Woodside calls for ‘urgent’ reforms amid threat to Scarborough gas

The warning by chief executive Meg O’Neill came as Woodside delayed its flagship clean energy project, a US hydrogen venture in America.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Chevron’s Gorgon liquefied natural gas plant on Barrow Island is Australia’s second-biggest.

WA LNG strike averted through 11th-hour deal

The resolution to the Chevron dispute brings to an end industrial action that has plagued WA LNG plants for over two months and sparked gas price spikes in Europe.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith and David Marin-Guzman
Alinta Energy boss Jeff Dimery has been busy on the M&A circuit.

Alinta Energy taps MA Moelis to shop billing platform

Alinta is understood to have fielded inbound interest, before kicking off a wider search. 

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport