Rain hammers Ungani operations

The Ungani site and access road.

The Ungani site and access road.

Heavy rain in Western Australia’s Kimberley region has closed the Ungani access road and the Great Northern Highway, effectively isolating Buru Energy’s Ungani oil field.

January was the wettest month on record for the Broome area, with 915 mm of rain falling compared to an annual average of 615 mm.

Ungani production was shut on 12 January when heavy vehicle movements were restricted on the Ungani access road due to the rainfall.

“We normally see a cyclone every four or five years and that can result in a short closure of the access road,” said Buru Executive Chairman Eric Streitberg.

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