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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Buru Energy Looks to Brighter Future with Ungani

Almost four years since it first made the discovery, Buru Energy, and partner Mitsubishi, officially opened the Ungani oil field 100km east of Broome today.

In what the company hopes will be the trigger in a change of fortunes after a tough 12-month period, Buru will produce of 1250 barrels of oil a day at the site with the aim rising to 3000.

Buru received production licences from the Department of Mines and Petroleum in May, following on from the green light it received from traditional owners in April.

However the collapsing oil price put a serious dent in its ambitions for a big-ticket exploration program in the largely untapped onshore Canning Basin, where Ungani sits.

Ungani has produced about 450,000 barrels during two extended production tests spanning two years, with oil trucked to Wyndham for export to refineries. Production flow rates have been capped at 1250 barrels a day.

Buru chairman Eric Streitberg said Ungani was the first oil development in the Canning Basin in over 30 years.

“There was no modern precedent for the development and it took perseverance and co-operation between all the parties to make the transition from a greenfields oil discovery to the current production system,” Mr Streitberg.