Health, Safety and Environment
Buru Energy is committed to protecting the health and safety of all personnel as well as the environment, cultural heritage, and communities in the vicinity of all its activities. As such, the Company’s overarching HSE goal is Zero Harm to people and the environment during its activities. To ensure a strong focus on exemplary HSE performance, the Company has implemented a robust HSE Management System, which includes monitoring and reporting against various targets to meet the overarching goal of Zero Harm.
The Company’s onshore operations are regulated by numerous agencies and authorities, principally the Department of Mines, Industry, Resources and Safety (DMIRS) under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 (PGER Act) and the Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969 and associated regulations. Other regulators include the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) under the Rights and Water and Irrigation Act 1914 and the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and a number of other agencies and regulations.
Health, safety, and environmental approvals from the various agencies are required to be in place prior to undertaking any petroleum activities. During activities, the Company implements a structured internal HSE audit process to identify opportunities for improvement and measurement of HSE performance. Further, external audits and inspections are routinely undertaken by regulatory agencies to measure compliance against HSE approvals.
During 2022, Buru Energy was not aware of any material non-compliance with health, safety or environmental legislation or regulations. Further information on the Company’s HSE performance for 2022 is included in the Company’s Sustainability Report for the year ended 31 December 2022.
COVID-19 Related Risks
Management of COVID related risks to Buru employees, contractors and local communities was an area of considerable focus during 2022. A wide range of strategies were implemented to mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19.
These included the employment of predominantly local workforces to limit the impact of border restrictions on field operations, the vaccination of personnel, premobilisation health screening including Rapid Antigen Testing, close contact tracing, and following government health directions regarding physical distancing, density limits and mask use. As a result of these measures, there were no instances of COVID-19 being contracted or transmitted at Buru sites during 2022 and no material impacts on operations.